Chaotic scenes have erupted in southern Israel at the funeral of a high-profile rabbi attended by thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews in violation of coronavirus restrictions.
Shoving, pushing and shouting broke out as Israeli police tried to break up the funeral of Rabbi Mordechai Yissachar Ber Leifer, who died overnight of complications connected with COVID-19 at the age of 64.
Police initially allowed the funeral of the rabbi, who belonged to the Pittsburgh Hassidic group, to go ahead in the southern city of Ashdod.
But when crowds of worshippers dressed in traditional black robes and head coverings crammed into the outdoor service, officers attempted to disperse the group.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the mourners "gathered against the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Health and police".
Footage by Israel's Kan public broadcaster showed some shouting words of abuse at the police, including "Nazis".
Police trying to enforce coronavirus lockdown regulations overnight also clashed with residents of Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Mea She'arim.
Two police officers were injured and police cars were damaged in the scuffles.
Police arrested 18 suspects in Jerusalem, the spokesman said.
Some ultra-Orthodox groups refuse to adhere to lockdown rules that ban outdoor gatherings of more than 20 people and indoor gatherings of more than 10 people.
Scuffles broke out elsewhere on Sunday night when police tried to break up a group of hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered at a synagogue in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak.
A police officer was filmed throwing a bucket at a teenager after stones were thrown at the forces in the crowded ultra-Orthodox area.
There were 17 arrests in Tel Aviv, police said.
Following spikes in daily coronavirus infections, a second lockdown in Israel took effect on September 18 for the duration of a three-week holiday season that began with the Jewish New Year.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet has voted to extend the lockdown until at least October 14.
After last week's all-time record of more than 9000 infections within 24 hours, 2581 and 2905 new cases were confirmed on Saturday and Sunday, the Health Ministry reported.
Far fewer Israelis however agreed to be tested during the Sukkot, or Tabernacles, holiday, which started after sunset on Friday.
The country of 9.2 million inhabitants now has a total death toll of 1719.
The number of COVID-19 patients in a serious condition is stable at under 900, as is the number of patients needing help breathing.