Israel increases security ahead of Muslim, Jewish holidays
Israel deployed a large number of security forces across East Jerusalem in anticipation for Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha. (AFP/File)
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Israeli forces deployed in large numbers across East Jerusalem and its Old City on Tuesday ahead of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), severely restricting Palestinian access to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Israel deployed thousands of police in East Jerusalem and shut it off from the West Bank, with checkpoints closed for the holiday as in previous years.
Barricades and closures were erected throughout the Old City to facilitate Jewish access in the area, with one Jewish group touring the al-Aqsa compound in the morning and thousands praying at the Western Wall.
Dozens of Palestinian worshipers prayed in the streets and alleys of the Old City after students were prohibited from reaching religious schools inside the mosque compound.
There were also age restrictions on Palestinians entering the al-Aqsa compound, with all men under 40 prohibited.
The Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday begins on Wednesday evening and continues until Sunday.
Last week saw fierce clashes erupt in and around the al-Aqsa Mosque compound as Jews celebrated the Jewish new year, or Rosh Hashanah.
Israeli police said they raided the al-Aqsa compound to stop Palestinians who had barricaded themselves inside the mosque from disrupting visits by Jews.
Police fired stun grenades, tear gas canisters, and steel-coated rubber bullets at protesters, who responded by throwing stones, fireworks,and other objects.
West Bank shootings
The restrictions come amid fresh violence in the West Bank, with one Palestinian man killed and another woman injured by Israeli forces in the Hebron district.
Palestinian security officials and a local popular committee spokesman, Ratib al-Jubour, said that Israeli forces shot dead Diyaa Abdul-Halim Talahmah, 21, during an Israeli raid near the southern Hebron village of Khursa.
The Israeli army alleged that he died after throwing an improvised explosive device that exploded prematurely.
Israeli soldiers also shot and injured a Palestinian woman, identified as 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon, at a checkpoint in Hebron after they say she attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.
A local activist group Youth Against Settlements later released what it said were photos of the incident, appearing to show Israeli soldiers aiming their weapons at the woman, first facing them and afterward turned away from them.
Another photo appears to show the woman slumped on the street, after she was shot and wounded.
Since the beginning of 2015 Israeli forces have injured an average of 40 Palestinians a week, and killed a total of at least 24, according to UN figures.
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