Israel Police Arrest 270 Arab Rioters; Shuls, Buildings Looted

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Sifrei Torah are removed from a shul which was torched during violent confrontations in the city of Lod, Wednesday. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

Jews cleared sifrei Torah from a torched shul on Wednesday morning and burnt-out cars lined nearby streets after Arabic violence erupted in mixed Arab-Jewish towns in Israel.

Israeli police and border fighters arrested about 270 Arab-Israeli rioters throughout Tuesday night across the country.

12 policemen were light to moderately injured in the violent clashes.

The police and Border Police forces operated in about 40 scenes of riots throughout the country, including Tuba Zangaria, Majd al-Krum, Lod, Ramle, Akko, Haifa, Umm al-Fahm and Jaffa.

The rioters threw rocks, launched fireworks, threw Molotov cocktails at the police, burned trash cans, and vandalized and damaged infrastructure and buildings.

The 270 detainees were arrested on suspicion of riots and violence against the police.

“We have lost control of the city and the streets,” Lod Mayor Yair Revivo told Channel 12 News.

In Akko, a Jewish-owned fish restaurant, was set fire to and some residents said they were scared to leave home.

Security officials said they had reassigned 16 border police battalions from Yehudah and Shomron to Lod and other Israeli towns because of the violence.