On Friday, July 21, law enforcement agencies and the IDF are preparing to suppress mass riots in the center of the Temple mount, in Jerusalem’s Old city and in Arab neighborhoods of the capital, and in Judea and Samaria.
During the night session of the military-political Cabinet, contrary to the position of the IDF and General security service (Shin bet), has decided not to remove installed on the entrances to the temple mount manometry and pass the right to decide the leadership of the police.
«Israel has a duty to maintain the status quo on the Temple mount and to provide free access to the Holy places,» – said in a statement issued following the meeting.
«Israel has a duty to ensure the safety of worshipers and other visitors to the Temple mount,» reads the statement.
Police are on high alert. In the city tightened several thousand staff from other districts. The IDF has canceled off five infantry battalions stationed in Judea and Samaria.
At the entrances to the Jerusalem police placed roadblocks to prevent the massive arrival of Muslim Arabs in the area of the Temple mount. In particular, in the area of Latroun was stopped buses, while in the area of the Temple mount hundreds of Arab residents of the cities of the North and the Arab triangle.
However, according to the newspaper Haaretz, several thousand people came to the capital in advance and spent the night in the Old city of Jerusalem.
The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the national front for the liberation of Palestine called on its supporters to «hold the day of wrath, and come to Friday prayers in the mosque «al-Aqsa».
With the same appeals serve as the leaders of the banned Northern wing of the Islamic movement. The mufti of Jerusalem urged to close all the mosques of the city to the Muslims of the capital came to the «al-Aqsa».
The Temple mount riots. According to the Palestinian ambulance service, red Crescent in clashes with the police in the area of the Lion gate in Jerusalem injured 42 people. The press service of the police, in turn, said five police were slightly injured.
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