BULLETIN: Pro-Hamas mobs are blocking roadways around JFK International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport — disrupting air travel for thousands of holiday passengers.
LAPD officers in riot gear have issued a tactical alert after the mob clashed with police — throwing rocks and cones. They reportedly used construction equipment to block the entrance to the airport. At least a dozen people have been arrested. There are plumes of smoke rising from roadways surrounding the airport. This is a developing story and this page will be updated throughout the day. Watch videos below.
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According to KTLA 5’s Rich Prickett, many of the protesters could be charged with battery on a police officer and rioting.
“[Police] are interested in taking everyone involved in that protest into custody. Not all of these people are going to be successful in getting away here. What may have started out as a peaceful protest will not end that way,” he added.
A FOX 11 crew at the scene said the group of protesters carried signs with messages that included “Ceasefire is not enough,” and “Free Palestine.”
🚨#BREAKING: LAPD are in Riot Gear as Pro-Palestine Protesters has blocked the entrance to the LAX Airport armed with Rocks and Throwing Cones and Construction Equipment— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) December 27, 2023
⁰📌#LosAngeles l #California ⁰⁰Currently Numerous law enforcement other agencies are currently on the… pic.twitter.com/zdEs2C1nXb
#happeningnow Port Authority Police are arresting the demonstrators blocked the road into JFK Airport.— Oliya Scootercaster 🛴 (@ScooterCasterNY) December 27, 2023
As the cops make arrests, dozens of passengers are pushing through the blockade with their luggage to try to make their flights. pic.twitter.com/prZAjusNAT
BREAKING: Protesters blocking traffic into LAX right now – they pulled barricades into the streets to block cars. @FOXLA chopper above it now – it looks like police are retaking control & chasing the protesters away. pic.twitter.com/pJMRRGXycq— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) December 27, 2023
LAPD on the way to shut down the Pro-Palestian protests at LAX pic.twitter.com/vIO5mM1Rd0— • ᗰISᑕᕼIᗴᖴ ™ • (@4Mischief) December 27, 2023
Pro-Palestinian protesters who had been blocking the road to JFK Airport, NYC, have all been detained and loaded onto a bus after being arrested by Port Authority officers.— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) December 27, 2023