Israeli Border Police reserves called up to quell Jewish-Arab riots

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JERUSALEM, May 13 (Xinhua) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz ordered on Thursday the callup of Border Police reserves to boost police efforts to deal with Jewish-Arab clashes throughout the country.

A statement from Gantz’s office said that 10 companies of paramilitary Border Police reserves are being called “in the wake of the violent and nationalistic outbreak.”

According to Gantz, “this is a time of emergency that calls for a massive reinforcement of the forces on the ground, which will be sent immediately to impose law and order.”

Despite calls by some ministers to send the army in mixed Arab-Jewish cities, where riots have erupted, Gantz said he would not permit soldiers to be used for policing work. But he said that some military forces will help the police in the callup and the “logistical envelope.”

In the worst spate of violence seen in Israel in years, Arabs and Jews have fought each other on the streets, torching and vandalizing vehicles, shops, mosques, synagogues, and a Muslim cemetery.

Police said that more than 300 were arrested on Wednesday night and on Thursday morning. Enditem

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