Pro-Palestine, pro-Israel protesters clash in Times Square

Posted By on May 25, 2021

Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters clashed and fireworks sent people running near Times Square Thursday as tensions in the region spilled into thestreetsof Manhattan, videos showed.

Skirmishes between the groups erupted in the Midtown tourist hub as Israel and Hamas hoped a cease-fire in Gaza would end more than 10 days of devastating hostilities.

A firework was thrown from a pickup truck in the Diamond District on 47th Street, sending worried bystanders running for safety. The pickup truck was part of a convoy of vehicles waving Palestinian flags, sources said.

A 55-year-old woman sustained burn injuries to her lower back.

Footage,posted to Twitterby freelance reporter Oliya Scootercaster, showed a pro-Israel demonstrator getting socked in the stomach after attempting to chase down a man who snatched an Israeli flag from his hands.

More punches were thrown in tussles between the two sides as NYPD officers stepped in to separate them, according to the clip.

The video later showed a pro-Palestine protester being put in handcuffs after he tried to run after a man who grabbed his Palestinian flag.

Multiple arrests were made. Law enforcement sources said that at least 19 people were taken into custody.

The bomb squad responded for what turned out to be fireworks and a device a source described as a 60 second smoke generator.

Protesters also threwwaterbottles and other projectiles at cops and pushed over planters and barriers in an attempt to block traffic, the sources said.

Demonstrators from each side appeared to have largely cleared out of the area by 7:30 p.m.

Additional reporting by Reuven Fenton

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