An Eritrean citizen was stabbed to death in a fight in Netanya; Eight others were injured
The scuffle broke out between supporters and opponents of the regime in Eritrea, and six were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the incident. Eyewitness: "People beat each other with sticks." Later, the police announced the arrest of ten armed men in south Tel Aviv, and the commissioner instructed to continue with the administrative arrests
September 30th, 9PM September 30th, 11PM A story of Dia Haj Yahya
An Eritrean citizen was stabbed to death this evening (Saturday) during a fight in Netanya, and eight others were injured. One of them, about 30 years old, was seriously injured, and the rest were moderately and lightly injured. The victims of the fight were taken to the Laniado and Hillel Yaffe hospitals. Six people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the melee.
According to the police, the fight broke out between supporters and opponents of the Eritrean regime. A helicopter was launched to the area, and the police used stun grenades and fired into the air to break up the fight. In one of the videos taken at the scene, a man is seen lying on the ground attacked by a group of men who surrounded him. According to resident testimonies, the fight started in the market area on Herzl Street. "Suddenly we heard the screams of dozens of people, smashing glasses and bottles," said Gil Barmov, who works in a nearby store. "It was a terrible mess, we were afraid to leave the stores, we saw people running and hitting each other with sticks."
The mayor of the city, Miriam Fierberg Icher, said that she backs the policemen who broke up the fight, and claimed that its participants came from outside the city to ignite a riot that started in Tel Aviv. "I call on the government to conduct a recalculation of the course regarding those foreign workers who allow themselves to go berserk and resort to violence," said Fierberg Icher.
Later in the evening, the police reported on "thwarting a violent organization" in the Hatikva neighborhood in Tel Aviv. Ten Eritrean citizens were arrested on the roof of a building on Hagana Street when, according to the police, they were armed with clubs and stones. The police said that according to the suspicion, the armed men intended to attack asylum seekers following incidents that happened earlier.
The police said that Commissioner Shabtai held a situation assessment with the commanders of the Tel Aviv and Central Districts following the fights and instructed to "continue with a heavy hand against anyone who has a part and involvement in the criminal events." According to the police, Shabtai instructed to cooperate with the Population Authority in order to continue the administrative arrests.
Tonight, nine asylum seekers from Eritrea were injured in a fight that broke out in the Hatikva neighborhood, two of them were taken to the hospital in serious condition, and earlier this week an asylum seeker from Eritrea was stabbed to death. One of the directions of the investigation being examined by the police is that the murdered person was an opponent of the regime in Eritrea who was stabbed to death by regime supporters during a fight.
Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir announced that "the rampage of illegal infiltrators in our cities is extremely serious. Therefore, I and the Commissioner agreed to continue to operate the administrative route. Suspects who have an evidentiary difficulty against them on suspicion of murder should be arrested in an administrative way. As far as I'm concerned, of course they must be deported from the country, but if the High Court doesn't allow it - then at the very least, let the rioters sit in prison."
Since the violent riots in Tel Aviv, in which almost 200 people were injured, the clashes between supporters and opponents of the regime living in Israel have increased significantly. 70 Eritreans have since been arrested on suspicion of participating in the difficult clashes, and 40 of them are still currently in administrative detention.
According to testimonies in the Eritrean community, the HaTikva neighborhood is identified with the supporters of the regime in Eritrea, and some of its opponents say that they are afraid to approach the area in recent weeks. The members of the community have warned the police in recent weeks about threats that include calls to harm specific people, and about organizations similar to the fight in the Hatikva neighborhood. Some of the calls to harm certain people are published on social networks and come from exiled Eritreans in countries such as Canada and Germany.