Videos are continuing to emerge exposing violent unrest reportedly involving pro-Palestinian protesters in New York City following the announcement of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas Thursday night.
A clip posted on Twitter by former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind purportedly showed a group of men kicking and attacking an individual on the ground in the middle of a street before running away.
“Jewish man savagely beaten by Palestinian mob in NYC!” Hikind tweeted Thursday night. “Look at how shameless they are to commit such brazen violence against innocent people!”
The affiliations of the individuals in the footage could not be independently verified.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit later tweeted it is “investigating a gang assault of a Jewish man in Times Square that happened this evening.” However, the NYPD couldn’t confirm to Fox News on Friday whether Hikind’s footage was of the incident the Hate Crimes Unit was referring to.
Elsewhere, a video appeared to show a pro-Palestinian protester spitting toward a group of diners eating outside at Benjamin’s Steakhouse in Manhattan.
“F— you b—-!” a man is heard saying.
Waiters then intervene in an attempt to calm down and disperse the raucous crowd. It was not immediately clear what sparked the confrontation.
The incidents happened amid clashes between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrators in and around Times Square.
One video captured Thursday shows a device exploding after being thrown at a crowd of people on a midtown Manhattan sidewalk. The New York Police Department told Fox News that two commercial fireworks were thrown from a car and one person suffered minor burns.
Other videos posted by independent journalist Leeroy Johnson show multiple fights breaking out in the middle of Times Square as police try to dispel the scuffles.
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