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Israeli police set up metal detectors in Jerusalem's Old City

Oct. 8, 2015 2:56 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 8, 2015 5:45 P.M.)
A general view of Jerusalem's Old City is seen on April 14, 2014. (AFP/Thomas Coex/File)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli police have installed metal detectors at checkpoints around the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem as a "preventative measure" against knife attacks, Israeli army radio said Thursday.

The metal detectors, similar to those installed at Israeli military checkpoints, were set up at the entrances to the Old City and at various Palestinian access gates monitored by Israeli forces.

Israeli police have also decided to add an Arabic desk to the cyber security unit in order to monitor activity on Palestinian social media networks and identify potential attackers, army radio added.

The security measures were announced after a Palestinian stabbed and seriously injured an Orthodox Jewish man East Jerusalem on Thursday.

The incident was the latest in a series of knife attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, an 18-year-old Palestinian was shot four times in her chest by an Israeli civilian after stabbing a 35-year-old Israeli man in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City.

A Palestinian man stabbed and injured an Israeli civilian in the city of Petah Tikva, east of Tel Aviv, Israeli police said, while another Palestinian was killed after reportedly stabbing an Israeli soldier and stealing his gun in Kiryat Gat in southern Israel.

Two Israelis were killed in stabbing attacks in the Old City on Saturday night and the Palestinian suspects were shot dead.

Israeli police enacted a 48-hour ban on Palestinian entrance to the area following the Saturday attack. The ban is still currently in place and is among several restrictions passed by Israeli authorities that Palestinian leadership has condemned as collective punishment.

The mayor of Jerusalem has called on all civilians with firearms to start carrying their weapons at all times, according to Israeli news site Haaretz.

Meanwhile at least 271 Palestinians were injured Wednesday as fierce clashes continued for the sixth consecutive day across the occupied West Bank, including 89 with rubber-coated bullets and at least eight with live fire.

A 13-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers during clashes in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem on Monday, only hours after 18-year-old Huthayfa Othman Suleiman was shot and killed in the chest during clashes in Tulkarem.
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