Protesters Against Gas Facility Place Smoke Flares Near Netanyahu Residence

Flares placed in garbage bin during protest demanding new location for planned natural gas treatment facility

Garbage bin in which smoke flares were placed on May 25, 2018.
Israel Beach Forum

Protesters placed three smoke flares in a garbage can near the private residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the upscale coastal community of Caesarea on Friday during a demonstration.

The flares created large amounts of smoke, but no one was injured and no damage was caused. Netanyahu was in the house at the time of the incident and the police have opened an investigation into the matter.

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The protesters are demanding that the government find a new location for the planned natural gas facility off the coast at the foot of Mount Carmel in northern Israel. The smoke flares were thrown into the garbage bin near the end of the protest, after the participants sang the national anthem, said a woman at the demonstration. 

About 800 people attended the protest, participants said. 

The Shomrei Habayit group, which organized the protest, said they “harshly condemn any element that pollutes the environment in general and the air in particular, including the use of flares and smoke grenades. This act is the sole responsibility of the person who threw [the flares] and who is not an activist in the organization.”

 The organization said the use of the flares was not coordinated with the group and does not reflect the views of the environmental organization, and that it regrets that such an act was carried out.