Thousands of police to deploy in J'lem for Ramadan prayers

By MELANIE LIDMAN
August 25, 2011 15:53

 
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Thousands of police are deploying in Jerusalem ahead of the fourth and final Friday prayers of Ramadan, and for "Laylat Al Qadr," which loosely translates as "Night of Power," and is considered the holiest night of Ramadan.

Laylat Al Qadr, which falls this year on August 26, is the anniversary of the revelation of part of the Koran.

Police are deploying early Friday morning across east Jerusalem and concentrating in the Old City in order to maintain security as tens of thousands of worshipers are expected to arrive for prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque. Entrance to the plaza will be limited to women age 45 or older (30-45 with special permission) and men age 50 or older (age 45-50 with special permission).

Police will have a fixed command center at the Western Wall Plaza to deal with any incidents. Last week, seven people were arrested during clashes before and after Friday noon prayers. Police enforced similar limitations on entrance to the plaza last week following the terrorist attacks in the south.

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