IDF beefs up troop presence forward of deliberate flag march

2021-06-14 15:30:57

The IDF has despatched reinforcements to the West Financial institution as Palestinian teams warn towards the controversial Flag March set to happen Tuesday within the Outdated Metropolis of Jerusalem.

Border police troops have additionally been bolstered in Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis and the extent of alert for Iron Dome batteries has been raised out of concern of violence together with rocket hearth from the Gaza Strip by Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Incoming Inside Minister Omer Bar Lev met on Monday morning with Police Commissioner Kobi Shabati and obtained an summary of the police’s preparations for the march and at 4PM is predicted to carry a situational evaluation the place a choice can be made on whether or not or to not convene the safety cupboard.

Additionally on Monday on the sidelines of the standard image of the brand new cupboard on the President’s residence, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Protection Minister Benny Gantz and Bar-Lev relating to the march, Walla! Information reported.

Palestinian teams together with each Fatah and Hamas have known as for a day of rage on Tuesday in response to the controversial Flag March, encouraging Palestinians to “mobilize” on the al-Aqsa Mosque and within the Outdated Metropolis.

“Let subsequent Tuesday be a day of mobilization and a bond in direction of al-Aqsa Mosque, and a day of anger and defiance of the occupier,” Hamas stated in an announcement on Sunday. “Present God and your folks what you might have completed in it, and be the most effective sword for Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa.”

The Day of Rage was additionally known as for combined Jewish and Arab cities inside Israel. Palestinian teams in Lebanon have additionally been known as on to “declare their alertness and readiness to guard Jerusalem and al-Asqa,” Palestinian media has reported.

Hamas additionally warned Monday that the flag march “is a detonator for a brand new battle to defend Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The fitting-wing march, that was initially deliberate for final Thursday, obtained police permission to cross via the Muslim quarter of the Outdated Metropolis of Jerusalem, regardless of warnings that the occasion may result in elevated tensions.

Final week safety sources as soon as once more warned that the march may reignite the realm. Ought to Hamas observe via on its threats, Protection Minister Benny Gantz has authorized a number of hundred new targets to be struck within the Hamas-run coastal enclave, Channel 12 reported. Gantz additionally authorized a collection of steps ought to Israel discover itself in renewed battle with Hamas.

Final month the march led Hamas to fireside a salvo of rockets in direction of Jerusalem. Israel responded with heavy airstrikes towards the fear group in Gaza, resulting in the 11-day Guardian of the Partitions operation.

Over 4,000 rockets and mortars had been fired in direction of Israel, killing 11 civilians and one soldier. Israeli strikes towards Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad killed no less than 243 Palestinians.

Forward of the preventing, Israeli safety forces had elevated their alert stage and despatched greater than two and a half additional battalions for reinforcements as a lot of flashpoint occasions centered round Jerusalem had been set to happen.

The IDF additionally positioned Iron Dome batteries in central Israel forward of the Might occasions.

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