IDF Bolsters Presence as Muslims Plan Temple Mount Protests Friday

In this photo released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Israeli troops operate against Hezbollah militants July 29, 2006 in the south Lebanese village of Marun al-Ras. The Israeli Government refused a UN request July 29 for a 72 hour truce in Southern Lebanon for humanitarian efforts, citing a corridor …
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The Algemeiner reports: – The IDF said on Thursday it was preparing to deploy five battalions to prevent the spread of violent clashes from Jerusalem to the West Bank, ahead of massive Muslim protests anticipated on Friday outside the Temple Mount.

“The situation is very fragile and sensitive,” said Yesh Atid MK Yaakov Peri, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency, in comments distributed by The Israel Project. Muslims have rioted in Jerusalem’s Old City for several days, protesting increased security measures implemented by Israel at the Temple Mount following the terror attack that killed two Israeli police officers near the holy site on July 14.

In a move that is expected to exacerbate the tension, the Jordanian-run Islamic Waqf announced the closure of all mosques in eastern Jerusalem, forcing thousands of Muslims to join prayer protests in the streets.

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