Israeli Haredis torch bus amid heightened lockdown tensions
31 January 2021 | 5:39 pm
Ultra-Orthodox Jews (or Haredis) torch a bus after clashes erupted between police and protesters in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak as authorities enforced virus restrictions in religious communities. The Israeli government decided to extend the country's coronavirus lockdown to the end of the month after a spike in infections, despite an intensive vaccination campaign.
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