Israel tightens security in Palestinian Jerusalem

Hundreds of Israeli police deployed around old City of Jerusalem

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli policemen patrol a street in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabel Mukaber following clashes in September 18, 2015

Updated Sep 21, 2015

Hundreds of Israeli police were deployed on Friday around the old City of Jerusalem, following calls by Palestinian leaders for a "Day of rage" to demonstrate against new Israeli security measures.  

Nearly 800 extra police were moved to the downtown area of the city of Jerusalem and to Arab neighbourhoods. The city of Jerusalem has witnessed a tense atmosphere following clashes at Al Aqsa Mosque.

"The Israeli police have heightened security in and around Jerusalem and the Old City in order to prevent and respond to any incidents that could take place," said spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

A religious dispute over the Al Aqsa compound has been a source of political tensions for decades between Israel and the Palestinians.

Dozens of Israeli police officers broke into Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem last Sunday on September, 13.

Consequently, violent clashes erupted between Palestinian worshippers and protesters on one side, and fully armed Israeli police forces on the other.

The compound is a frequent flashpoint for violence. Similar clashes took place at the end of July.

On Friday, a holy day for Muslims, Israel banned access to Al Aqsa mosque for all Palestinian men under the age of 40, which caused clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians in East Jerusalem.  

Israeli border policemen detain a Palestinian protester during clashes in Shuafat refugee camp near Jerusalem September 18, 2015.

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, protests erupted in several cities, including Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus.

During the demonstrations, a young man was shot by Israeli security forces, according to the Israeli army.

Israel plans to allow police and soldiers to shoot stone-throwers. This year Israel had raised the prison sentence for Palestinians detained for throwing stones to up to 20 years, in addition to discussing imposing fines on the parents of teens who are throwing stones.


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