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Israel authorizes sealing off East Jerusalem areas in bid to quell violence

IDF deploys hundreds of non-combat troops to aid police forces in securing city centers, as checkpoints are set up at entrances to Arab neighborhoods.

Border Police troops in Jerusalem (Photo Ohad Zwigenberg)

 

Israeli police began sealing off East Jerusalem on Wednesday and will deploy soldiers on main roads to combat violence, as the wave of terror sweeping over the country reached new highs.

At a meeting of the security cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also allowed revocation of residency rights of Palestinians deemed to have committed “terrorism” and a step-up in the demolition of homes of people who carry out attacks.

in the previous day five terror attacks claimed the lives of three people and left some 20 wounded. In two weeks of violence Seven Israelis and 30 Palestinians, including children and attackers, have died of stabbings, shootings and car rammings.

The reason for the wave of turmoil comes from what Palestinians see as Jewish encroachment on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City, an area that is holy to both Muslims and Jews.

The Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss drafting 1, 400 Border Police reservists.

 

 

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