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Israeli Security Forces attempting to increase control over Damascus Gate

Jerusalem24 – As the month of Ramadan is approaching, the Israeli security services are preparing to bring about new changes in the Damascus Gate area in occupied Jerusalem.

Minister of Public Security Omer Barlev speaks during a ceremony after the largest ever police operation against illegal gun dealers, in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, November 9, 2021. (Photo Credit: Michael Giladi/Flash90)

Yesterday, Minister of Internal Security in the Israeli government, Omer Bar-Lev, stormed Sheikh Jarrah and the Damascus Gate area in occupied Jerusalem, and carried out a provocative tour in the area, amid tight security.

According to the Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Quds, during his tour of Damascus Gate Bar-Lev reviewed parts of a plan to change the security procedures and arrangements at the gate; which is the main entrance to the Old City for about 70% of the worshipers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to the arrangements, he listened to an explanation of the military towers that were erected at the top of the Damascus Gate runway in addition to the camera system in the gate and all the avenues, roads, and alleys leading to it from inside the Old City.

It seems that there is a new Israeli security perception and changes are being worked on in preparation for the next stage. This is especially true as the month of Ramadan approaches when the city is filled with worshippers.

Last September, the Israeli police received an increase in the budget to strengthen its security grip on the Old City and the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque as well as the Muslim quarter.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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