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Tel Aviv, Israel — Clash Between Eritrean Government Supporters and Opponents Falsely Linked With Israeli Citizens: Fact-Check

A few days ago, a sensitive video surfaced showing an unconscious man on the ground, with claims suggesting that clash between Eritrean groups shared as Israeli assault in Tel Aviv. However, upon thorough investigation, it becomes evident that this incident was not what it seemed. Instead, it was a conflict between Eritrean government supporters and opponents, both residing in Tel Aviv, along with the Israeli police. The clash resulted in numerous injuries, including both protesters and police officers, and had no connection to Israeli citizens.

The Source and the Truth

The misleading news was shared by many accounts, prominent being @LaurenWitzkeDE and the source of the video that sparked outrage falsely portrayed the events, leading to confusion and misinformation. The clash in question occurred as Eritrean government supporters gathered to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their current ruler’s ascent to power. Meanwhile, Eritrean government opponents had organized a separate event. Initially, both groups had promised to maintain a safe distance from each other. However, this commitment was broken, leading to a violent altercation.

https://twitter.com/LaurenWitzkeDE/status/1698018978671583330

The Escalation and the Government Response

During the confrontation, individuals from both sides engaged in the violent exchange, wielding construction lumber, metal objects, rocks, and even an axe. Streets in the southern Tel Aviv area were marred by shattered shop windows, vandalized police cars, and disturbing pools of blood.

In response to the clashes, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to address the situation, including possible deportations of those involved. He referred to the participants as “illegal infiltrators.” It is worth noting that the event coincided with the 30th anniversary of the current Eritrean ruler’s rule, held near the Eritrean embassy in south Tel Aviv. Eritrea has been criticized for its dire human rights record, and many asylum seekers, including those in Israel, fear returning to the country.

In response to the Tel Aviv clashes between Eritrean government supporters, opponents, and Israeli police, law enforcement swiftly intervened. They utilized riot control measures, such as tear gas and stun grenades, while resorting to live ammunition only when officers perceived imminent threats. Arrests were made, and weapons were confiscated. The police aimed to restore order and ensure public safety amid the violence.

The Aftermath

As a result of this violent encounter, 114 people sustained injuries, including 30 police officers and three protesters wounded by police fire. At least 39 individuals were arrested, and weapons such as tasers, knives, and clubs were confiscated. The clashes eventually subsided, with police rounding up the remaining protesters.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the video portraying Israelis attacking North African asylum seekers in Tel Aviv was a misrepresentation of reality. The violent confrontation actually involved Eritrean government supporters and opponents, along with Israeli police, and was unrelated to Israeli citizens. It serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by Eritrean asylum seekers and the complex issues surrounding their presence in Israel. Following comprehensive analysis and meticulous fact-checking, our team has investigated the claim. You can refer to the findings of this inquiry in the Twitter thread embedded below. For more clarity, you can read an article by www.pbs.org [Archive].

Claim: Clash between Eritrean groups shared as Israeli assault

Fact: The incident involved clashes between Eritrean groups and Israeli police, with no connection to Israeli citizens.

In our pursuit of accurate and unbiased information, we’ve diligently fact-checked the claims surrounding the incident. Misinformation can sow discord and disrupt communal harmony. Your support matters greatly in our mission to foster an informed and united society. Together, let’s strive to make India and Indians proud, upholding truth and unity. Jai Hind.

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