Police block journalists from parts of Old City

2017-07-26 17:43
Jerusalem's Old City is seen trough a door with an opening like a star of David. (Oded Balilty, AP)

Jerusalem's Old City is seen trough a door with an opening like a star of David. (Oded Balilty, AP)

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Jerusalem - Israel's police force is acknowledging it is preventing journalists from entering parts of the Old City as part of its efforts to lower tensions around a contested holy site.

Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said on Wednesday that "journalists are being prevented from coming in those specific areas where there have been disturbances and riots". He said the Jerusalem police district had made the decision.

Reporters have complained that they are being prevented from covering the unrest around the shrine while tourists are able to freely move about the city and film with their mobile phones.

The Foreign Press Association says journalists have been shoved and it has created "a dangerous situation" where accredited journalists are blocked from doing their jobs.

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