The temple mount on the Ninth of Av, July 22, 2018..
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Police thwarted an attempted stabbing attack around 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Jerusalem, shortly after Yom Kippur had begun.
The incident occurred on HaNeviim Street, near the Old City, according to Police Foreign Press Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. The attacker was shot and killed by police.
Police units on patrol in the area shot the terrorist, who is from Kalandiya, he said. No injuries to civilians or officers were reported.
Earlier in the day, police units in Jerusalem arrested five Arab suspects on the Temple Mount who allegedly disrupted the regular visits taking place on the Temple Mount.
Police said they repeatedly requested that the five activists from the Shabab al-Aqsa terrorist group stop causing disruptions and they detained the suspects and removed them from the area after they continued to do so.
Shabab al-Aqsa is a religious organization and is seen as Hamas’s long-arm at the Temple Mount. The organization was outlawed in August 2011, and in November 2016, it was declared by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to be a terrorist organization. Members of the organizations were active in violent clashes with police and visitors on the Temple Mount in recent years.
Police units, border police and officers were carrying out security measures around the Temple Mount area, synagogues and public places across the country from the eve of Yom Kippur on Tuesday until Wednesday evening when the fast ends.
Security was reinforced in Jerusalem in and around the Old City and the Western Wall area.
Thousands of people were expected to visit the Western Wall area throughout the fast.
Udi Shaham contributed to this report.
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