Mea She'arim Residents Hurl Rocks at Police, Injuring Six

Residents set fire to trash cans and hurled rocks at police officers, wounding six; one officer transferred to nearby hospital with head injury.

Six police officers were wounded in clashes yesterday with dozens of ultra-Orthodox in Jerusalem's Mea She'arim. The clashes began after police came to the neighborhood to close down an illegal slaughterhouse.

Residents set fire to trash cans and hurled rocks at police officers, wounding six of them, one of whom was transferred to a nearby hospital with a head injury.

Haredi men throwing rocks at police in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea She’arim yesterday.Tomer Appelbaum

Police forces acted to disperse the demonstration and arrested five protesters.

In recent weeks, ultra-Orthodox activists have been trying to block traffic on a central Jerusalem street every Saturday, with hundreds of religious men often resorting to violence in a bid to prevent cars from desecrating the Sabbath.

The protesters have attempted to close off the street using dumpsters, and have been known to attack private cars on the usually busy road.