Hundreds more Israeli police deployed ahead of main Muslim prayers

2017-12-08 11:52
The Israeli flag flutters in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque and the city of Jerusalem. (Thomas Coex, AFP)

The Israeli flag flutters in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque and the city of Jerusalem. (Thomas Coex, AFP)

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Jerusale - Israel deployed hundreds of additional police officers on Friday following Palestinian calls for protests after the main weekly Muslim prayers against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"Several hundred additional police and border police have been deployed inside and in the vicinity of the Old City," police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

The situation was calm early on Friday in Jerusalem's Old City, the location of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third-holiest site in Islam and where thousands typically attend the main weekly prayers.

Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, was calling for a "day of rage" on Friday and protests were expected over Trump's move on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The disputed city lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both sides seeing it as their capital.

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