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Tel Aviv Highway Blockage This Afternoon

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Tel Aviv Fuel Protest This Afternoon - Major Road Blockage Expected

(IsraelNN.com & JPost) Motorists who want to leave Tel Aviv Thursday are advised to do so by 3 p.m., when thousands of protesting drivers of diesel fuel vehicles are expected to clog the Ayalon Highway and other major arteries. Taxicabs, buses and trucks are arriving from all over the country, including 900 taxis from Eilat, almost four hours away.

They are protesting excise taxes on diesel, which have made the fuel more expensive than regular gasoline. As recently as two years ago, diesel fuel was more than 20 percent cheaper than benzene.

Police advise the public to stay away from the area between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m unless absolutely necessary.

"Those who do not need to travel on the Ayalon Freeway or the Gush Dan [Tel Aviv and surrounds] area are advised to stay away," said a source in the Tel Aviv Police.

"For people who need to travel in the center of the country during the afternoon, we recommend using Route 6 or Route 14 and staying away from the Ayalon Freeway," said the source.

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