IDF to deploy reinforcement troops amid Jerusalem tensions

July 20, 2017 12:19

With tensions are still high in Jerusalem surrounding the Temple Mount complex, the Israeli army will place five extra battalions in the West Bank ahead of Friday prayers.

According to a statement by the IDF, the military may reassess the situation should it change.

Security services are gearing up for clashes that are expected in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Friday as a large number of Muslim worshipers are expected to try to make their way to the Temple Mount.

A terror attack last week at the holy site left two Israeli police officers dead and resulted in the government placing metal detectors at its entrances. 

While Israel claims that they are necessary to prevent further terror attacks, worshipers and Arab states have condemned the move and it constitutes a change in the status quo.

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