Amid both joy and tension, tens of thousands awaited the arrival of Israeli-liberated detainees.
Tension and Anarchy Unfold
Dominic Waghorn, editor-in-chief of international affairs for Sky, reported from the location that as a coach transporting some of the prisoners arrived, tension and anarchy ensued.
Tactics and Reactions
As the audience celebrated, he stated, some individuals waved green Hamas flags and chanted pro-Hamas slogans, which prompted this reaction.
Additionally, scenes of ire ensued as demonstrators chanted, “We want our prisoners,” while awaiting their release.
However, as the detainees were released, “jubilation” and a “carnival atmosphere” also pervaded the area.
Predominantly adolescent girls and boys in coaches, with some making V-shaped signals of victory while smiling as they passed.
Some of those who had been liberated were subsequently carried on their shoulders by ebullient attendees.
After months or years in prison, most will return to the West Bank and Jerusalem.