Palestinian stone-throwers take cover during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Bethlehem .
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Hamas has called for "Friday confrontations" with IDF forces in the West Bank and along the Gaza border with Israel as part of a Palestinian "day of rage."
Security forces were bracing for possible outbursts of violence after Thursday passed with a rare day of relative calm amid two weeks of nearly daily attacks.
Following a security assessment on Thursday, police decided to limit entry to Muslim Friday prayers on the Temple Mount to men aged 40 years and up.
No restrictions were made for Muslim women.
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Earlier in the week, the IDF deployed two additional battalions to its Judea and Samria Division, three companies to the Jerusalem-West Bank perimeter area, and two reinforcement battalions to the Gaza border, to deal with disturbances along the security fence there.
On Thursday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to stop inciting Palestinians to attack Israelis with knives and axes, in a press conference given in Jerusalem.
The violence is the direct result of false Palestinian charges that Israel is attempting to take over the Temple Mount and is executing Palestinians, Netanyahu said at the press event designed to present Israel's case to the world.
He spoke just one day after Abbas delivered a speech on both points and then claimed that Israel had killed Ahmed Manasra, 13. The young teen along with his 15-year old cousin had stabbed a 13-year old Israeli in Jerusalem’s Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, terrorists carried out multiple attacks
in Jerusalem and Ra'anana as Palestinian groups called for a previous "day of rage."
Three Israeli were killed and several other wounded in two attacks in Jerusalem, including a deadly vehicular ramming and stabbing attack in the capital's Geula neighborhood and another gun and knife attack on a bus in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.Khaled Abu Toameh and Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.