Pro-Palestine and Pro-Israel Protesters Collide Following the Announcement of a Cease-Fire
Only hours after Israel announced a long-awaited cease-fire in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, multiple brawls broke out in midtown Manhattan between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian protesters.
The NYPD's Deputy Commissioner's Office confirmed to Newsweek that "multiple arrests have occurred in the vicinity of Times Square," but would not provide an exact number.
Protesters descended on Times Square shortly after the announcement of the peace deal, sparking an immediate escalation of tensions. Protesters on both sides clashed with one another and with police, hurling water bottles and other objects at one another, at law enforcement, and over road barriers in an attempt to obstruct traffic.
From Times Square, CBS NewsNation correspondent Tom Negovan described the situation as "volatile" and "escalating," with protesters on both sides "throwing water bottles and other items" and hurling profanity.
""The NYPD anticipated it," Negovan explained, "and converged on Times Square shortly after the first protesters...
And you're beginning to see the fruits of your labor, "'He stated. Protests began peacefully, but as tensions grew, the two groups were separated by gates.
The protest footage shows police kettling, pushing back crowds, handcuffing, and making arrests.
"We are witnessing arrests taking place right in front of our eyes," Negovan continued. "Just before you arrived, projectiles were lobbed earlier, something... tear gas and an incendiary device were set off here, and of course no one has goggles or gas masks or anything at this point," Negovan explained.