Tensions in Jerusalem: Israeli security forces to respond with ‘heavy hand’ to all disturbances

Friday prayer services passed with relative quiet after the metal detectors and security cameras were removed from the Temple Mount. In two-and-a-half weeks, the plan for installing the new security cameras will be turned in to Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and in the meantime, the number of policemen at the Temple Mount gates will be doubled.

Chaos outside the Temple Mount

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The relative quiet which characterized Friday’s prayers at the mosques inside the Temple Mount and outside of it, along with the dispersion of worshippers afterwards, were a result of the large number of security forces deployed in Jerusalem and the entry restrictions to the Temple Mount and the Old City. But now, after the metal detectors and security cameras have been removed, what will Israeli security forces do from now on in order to maintain security?

In two-and-a-half weeks, the new plan to install the advanced security cameras will be handed in to Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. However, the cameras will not necessarily be installed at the Temple Mount’s entrance gates, which aroused the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, but rather will be installed within the paths leading to the compound’s gates.

Number of policemen doubled at Temple Mount Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The security cameras are capable of identifying suspicious items carried by the visitors within their bags or underneath their clothes. Furthermore, six policemen will be stationed at every entrance gate from now on, which is three times more than were stationed prior to the terror attack.

Meanwhile, an Israel Police official told Channel 2 News last night (Friday) that the events are in decline however, he warns that if anyone attempts to cause disturbances now while there are no additional entry requirements, the Israel Police will respond with a "heavy hand."

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