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Thousands of police officers to deploy in Jerusalem, roads to be closed on 2nd Friday of Ramadan

June 16, 2016 8:32 P.M. (Updated: June 23, 2016 4:28 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police deployed thousands of officers throughout occupied East Jerusalem in anticipation of the second Friday of Ramadan, according to an Israeli police spokesperson.

In a statement, Israeli police called on everyone coming to perform the Muslim Friday prayers in Jerusalem to comply to police instructions "to preserve order."

Police added that permits of entry into Jerusalem for prayers for West Bank residents would be determined according to the decision of the Minister of Defense.

Police also announced several road closures in and around Jerusalem's Old City for every coming Friday in Ramadan.

The Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), which implements Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, issued an order last week freezing more than 83,000 permits allowing Palestinians to enter Israel and occupied East Jerusalem.

The freeze came in the wake of a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv on June 8, in which four Israelis were killed and six wounded.

Israeli authorities additionally froze all coordination with the besieged Gaza Strip for Ramadan, canceling weekly visitations by elderly Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque -- which were later restored for worshipers ages 50 and up -- implemented as part of a ceasefire agreement that ended Israel’s 2014 offensive on the besieged Palestinian territory.

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