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Israel braces for violence ahead of last Friday of Ramadan

YnetNews.com reports: “Jerusalem Police was on Wednesday, preparing for Friday prayers at the Al Aqsa mosque, at the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan.

Riots have broken out on the site repeatedly for the past month after Palestinians collected rocks and other material to use against police forces and Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall.

Earlier this month, forces broke into the mosque and arrested hundreds of rioters, mostly residents of east Jerusalem and some from the West Bank or Arab communities in Israel.

Senior officials at the Public Security Ministry and the Shin Bet Security Agency were unprepared for the violence and said that they lack sufficient intelligence on preparations made in advance, by rioters.

‘Police were forced to operate in the dark,’ one official said, ‘and could only react to events unfolding.’…”

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