This morning, a significant protest erupted in New York City, with demonstrators blocking the Holland Tunnel and three major bridges. The protest, organized in response to recent events in Gaza involving Israeli soldiers, led to a substantial police operation by the NYPD in coordination with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ).

The protesters, voicing their concerns over the Gaza killings, caused major disruptions starting around 9:40 AM. They effectively blocked the Holland Tunnel, a crucial link between Manhattan and New Jersey, and three other key bridges, drawing attention to the international issue.

The NYPD Chief of Patrol reported via Twitter that by 11:15 AM, the police had successfully cleared the blockades, resulting in the arrest of 325 individuals. The NYPD and PANYNJ were commended for their rapid and effective response to the disruption.

In a shift from usual procedures, many of the arrested protesters will face misdemeanor charges and have been issued desk appearance tickets.

The blockade of the Holland Tunnel and bridges caused considerable traffic delays, particularly during the busy morning hours. Commuters were significantly inconvenienced and advised to seek alternative routes. The primary focus of the NYPD and PANYNJ was to restore normal traffic flow as quickly as possible.