Dozens of asylum seekers from Eritrea gathered Saturday morning in protest against pro-regime conferences that have been happening at Eritrean embassies worldwide.
The conference is expected to be held Saturday afternoon, but drew large crowds of protestors against the national dictatorship. Ynet reported that Sudanese refugees were also in attendance and contributed to the riots that broke out.
Protests turned violent injuring three police officers, according to Hebrew media reported. Rocks, planks, and various objects were thrown by protestors, reports added.
Police also utilized stun grenades against protestors as the crowd grew bigger.
Widespread property damage
13 police officers were injured, a warning shot was fired into the air with no casualties, Hebrew media reported.
Police Commissioner Ya’akov Shabtai is expected to hold a situation assessment meeting on damages incurred by the riots with the commander of the Tel Aviv district, Superintendent Peretz Amar.