Temple Mount crisis: Israel Police deploys reinforcements for fear of violent clashes

The Israel Police is preparing for violent clashes in East Jerusalem and has deployed reinforcements in the area. No intelligence of planned disruptions has been received. There are no entrance restrictions to the city.

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Although tensions at the Temple Mount have decreased following the removal of security measures, today (Friday), the Israel Police deployed reinforcements to the area for fear of clashes.

According to police officials, no intelligence has been received regarding intentions to disrupt the order. In addition, there are no entrance restrictions to Jerusalem, the Old City or the Temple Mount.

Reinforcements deployed Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Approximately three weeks ago, a deadly terrorist shooting took place at the Temple Mount and two Israeli police officers were murdered. After the government decided to place metal detectors as a security measure at the entrance to the site, violent clashes occurred between Muslim worshipers and the police.

Worshipers at Temple Mount Photo credit: Channel 2 News

As reported last Friday by JOL, the police limited the entrance to the Temple Mount to men above the age of 50 and women of any age. In addition, certain routes in the Old City were blocked off. Thousands of police officers were deployed in the area and violent clashes began after the day’s prayer.

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