Israeli police on high alert in preparation for annual Jerusalem march
Nearly 2,000 Israeli policemen have deployed throughout Jerusalem in preparation for the annual march held Tuesday morning amid continued clashes between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli police. “We are maintaining a state of alert and are deploying in force,” Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben Rubi told AFP.
Some 70,000 people are anticipated to attend the 12-kilomter march, part of the ritual associated with the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth, with at least one part passing through a Palestinian neighborhood in east Jerusalem.
On Monday, Palestinian children threw stones at Israeli police in several east Jerusalem neighborhoods as muezzins urged the city’s Muslims to defend the al-Aqsa Mosque out of fear that “Jews will try to break into it.” Access to the mosque compound remains limited to Muslim women and men over the age of 50.