As the European Union’s new foreign affairs chief warned of a new wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence if there is no progress towards peace talks, Israel deployed on Friday more than 1,300 police to deal with possible violence as Muslim worshippers flock to a hotly contested holy site in Jerusalem for weekly prayers.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told the Associated Press that the officers were deployed Friday “to maintain law and order in the area.”
The deployment came two days after riot police clashed with Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third- holiest shrine. Samri said worshippers Friday would be limited to women and men over 35.
Israeli-Palestinian confrontations have been escalating in Jerusalem, including near-daily clashes between stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli riot police. Palestinians have also carried out two deadly vehicle attacks in recent weeks.
At one access road leading to Al-Aqsa, some 500 young Palestinians knelt in prayer in front of dozens of black-garbed Israeli riot police.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر