1:10PM IL: According to Egged’s Nir Landau, the manager of Egged Yerushalayim, the violent protests taking place in Meah Shearim have compelled the bus company to halt service to Meah Shearim. This is causing serious hardship for area residents and visitors, but Egged explains the bus company cannot expect drivers to enter the community with the realization buses will come under attack and also become entangled in the havoc surrounding the violence.
Egged significantly increased the Number 1 bus service to the Kosel on Thursday morning to accommodate the Meah Shearim residents heading to the Kosel, as well as the service on other lines to the Kosel. For the most part, this passed without incident.
Landau explains that buses will stop in the Shmuel HaNavi area to accommodate Meah Shearim residents, explaining for as long as the violence continues; the buses will not enter the community, including 166 (Kever Rachel), 15, 10 and other lines.
Mr. Landau adds there was light damage to a number of buses prior to the decision to halt service.
At this time, YWN-Israel is unable to find out what prompted the latest violence in Meah Shearim.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)