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Police on High Alert in Jerusalem as Worshipers Flock to Western Wall

IDF soldiers pray at Western Wall (Photo: flickr/IDF)

Tensions are high in Jerusalem - both over the ongoing terrorist attacks and unease on the Temple Mount. The Times of Israel's Raoul Wootliff reports that Israeli police presence has been increased as thousands of worshipers flock to the Western Wall this Passover:

During Passover, one of three Jewish pilgrimage holidays, tens of thousands of Jews flock to the Old City, including many who visit the Temple Mount.

Israel fears these visits could trigger renewed Palestinian unrest, which has appeared to subside in recent weeks after six months of intense street violence.

In total, 3,500 officers will be patrolling the capital throughout the week, police said, after tensions surged last week following a bus bombing — the first in the capital in over a decade.

In total 1,043 people visited the site Sunday, of whom 168 were Israeli Jews and the rest foreign tourists, police said, not including Muslim worshipers.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last week Israel would deploy reinforcements around the Temple Mount during Passover to prevent “riots.”

“As Passover approaches, all sorts of extremists will spread lies about our policy concerning the Temple Mount,” he said.

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