Cop fires in the air as revelers riot in raid on illegal rave

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A police officer fired in the air as revelers attacked cops as they arrived to break up an illegal party near the northern town of Migdal on Friday.

In footage from the raid, an officer can be seen firing his gun in the air as participants threw rocks, chairs and bottles at cops who arrived on the scene. The officer was in physical contact with at least one partygoer when he discharged his weapon.

Police said the officer’s action was justified as he believed his life was in danger. There were no injuries as a result of the gunshots.

In a statement, police said officers arrived at the party after receiving noise complaints in the area and found the gathering of dozens of young revelers, some believed to be under the influence of drugs.

“As we scanned the area to see if any of the youngsters needed medical attention and to let the attendees know that the party was over, we noticed a person who aroused our suspicions. Upon his arrest, some of the young people began to riot and throw objects and stones at the police,” police said.

Four people were arrested in the raid, enclosure equipment was confiscated and event organizers were detained for questioning.

Police said event hosts should be fined up to thousands of shekels for hosting the party without permission.

According to the Ynet news site, a number of participants in the illegal rave were fined NIS 350 (about $104).

Other arrests related to the event are expected to take place in the future, police said.

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