Dehai News

Police say Tel Aviv clashes between Eritrean groups ‘under control’; some 140 hurt

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Saturday, 02 September 2023

Police say Tel Aviv clashes between Eritrean groups ‘under control’; some 140 hurt

Ichilov Hospital chief says violence produces biggest mass casualty event since Second Intifada; police organize buses to return those involved to their residences

  • Israeli police officer apparently beats an Eritrean protester amid rioting in Tel Aviv, Sept. 2, 2023 (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
    Israeli police officer apparently beats an Eritrean protester amid rioting in Tel Aviv, Sept. 2, 2023 (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

A spokesman for Israel Police says the situation in south Tel Aviv is now “under control.”

Channel 12 news reports that police are using buses to return Eritrean nationals involved in the clashes to the different neighborhoods in which they reside across the city, as well as to other cities.


Anti-Eritrean government activists, left, clash with supporters of the Eritrean government, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 2, 2023 (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
Anti-Eritrean government activists, left, clash with supporters of the Eritrean government, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 2, 2023 (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg

Police ‘surprised’ by Tel Aviv clashes despite receiving prior warnings

Police say they were “surprised” by the intensity of the clashes in Tel Aviv between supporters and opponents of the Eritrean government.

Haim Bublil, Yarkon District Police chief, says the authorities coordinated with both sides in the lead-up to the event, but they did not follow the requirements set by police.

“Opponents of the regime broke through the barriers, fought with police, threw rocks and fences. We used dispersion methods. We were surprised by the intensity of the violence,” he says.

Representatives of the Eritrean community in Israel say they warned police a week ago over threats of violence surrounding the event hosted by the Eritrean embassy.


  • A stun grenade thrown by Israeli police explodes next to Eritrean protesters during a protest against an event organized by the Eritrea Embassy, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 2, 2023 (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
    A stun grenade thrown by Israeli police explodes next to Eritrean protesters during a protest against an event organized by the Eritrea Embassy, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 2, 2023 (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Ichilov chief: Eritrean clashes largest mass casualty event since Second Intifada


Ichilov Hospital CEO Prof. Ronni Gamzu reports that it is dealing with a mass casualty incident on a scale that has not been seen since the terrorist bombings of the Second Intifada.

According to Gamzu, 40 injured people arrived at Ichilov, with 10 of them in serious condition. Among the injuries were gunshot, stabbing, and head wounds.

Hundreds of doctors and nurses were called in to treat the incoming patients. Some patients underwent brain surgery and at this time all patients are hospitalized either in intensive care, surgical, or regular wards.

Hebrew media reports that there are some 140 injured in total, 15 of them in serious condition. Thirty of the injured are police officers, none of whom are in serious medical condition. In addition to Ichilov, the injured have been taken to Sheba Medical Center, Wolfson Medical Center, Shamir-Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, and Beilinson Medical Center.

Gamzu says that the event began highly unusually as the injured began arriving on their own at the hospital rather than through Magen David Adom or other rescue services. Without the initial usual communication with rescue services, it took some time for the hospital staff to understand what was going on. It quickly declared a mass casualty event, cleared six operating rooms, and called in extra staff.

“An additional complication to the situation is that we need to not only provide regular social support to the patients and their families, but we also need to keep the conflict out of the hospital. People from both sides of this are arriving here and we need to keep them separate,” he says.

MDA reports it has dealt with 114 of the total injured.

Eight individuals treated by the ambulance are in serious condition, 13 suffer moderate injuries, and 93 have mild injuries.

Among the injured are 30 police officers. Predominantly, these injuries comprise bruises, many resulting from stones and discarded objects.
  • Eritrean protesters clash with Israeli riot police in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 2, 2023 (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
    Eritrean protesters clash with Israeli riot police in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 2, 2023 (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
  • At least 114 people have been injured in the violence in Tel Aviv between Eritrean asylum seekers and police, Magen David Adom says.

    Eight of the injured are in serious condition, 13 are moderately wounded and 93 lightly hurt.

    Thirty of the wounded are police officers.

    At least 11 of the wounded were injured by gunfire, according to Ichilov Hosptial.

    Police said three of the gunfire wounds were caused by law enforcement officers opening fire when they felt their lives were in danger.

    Asylum seekers from Eritrea protesting against the Asmara government clashed with regime supporters and police in the coastal city after a demonstration turned violent.

    Videos posted to social media showed rioters committing acts of violence and vandalism.

  • Eritrean asylum seekers protest against the regime in Tel Aviv, September 2, 2023 (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
    Eritrean asylum seekers protest against the regime in Tel Aviv, September 2, 2023 (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
  • PM instructs Ben Gvir, Shabtai to ‘restore public order’ in Tel Aviv

    The Prime Minister’s Office says in a statement that the premier has received updates on the situation in Tel Aviv from Internal Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and Israel Police chief Kobi Shabtai.

    “The prime minister instructed them to act to restore public order,” the statement reads.

    Asylum seekers from Eritrea protesting against the Asmara government are clashing with police and regime supporters in Tel Aviv after a demonstration turned violent.

    (Photo credit: Twitter)

    • Eritrean protesters clash with Israeli riot police in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 2, 2023 (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
      Eritrean protesters clash with Israeli riot police in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 2, 2023 (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)




ሓይልን ጽባቐን ኤርትራዊት ጓል ኣንስተይቲ - መንእሰያት ደቂ ኣንስትዮ ሳዋ | Walta EDF TV show for July 14, 2024 - ERi-TV

Dehai Events