Israeli police in Jerusalem brace for protests



Israeli police in Jerusalem are being deployed in larger-than-usual numbers ahead of the first Friday prayers after U.S. President Donald Trump recognised the city as the Israeli capital.

Israeli Police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said several hundred police officers have reinforced the Jerusalem area, with an emphasis on the Old City, but added that there are no age restrictions on Muslims wishing to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque.

At least 80 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with the Israeli army on Thursday in the West Bank and Gaza.

Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Islamist militant movement Hamas, based in Gaza, issued a call for a renewed Palestinian uprising to start on Friday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ secular Fatah party was also sharply critical of Trump’s decision.

Jibril Rajoub, a senior Fatah official, warned in an interview with al-Arabiya…

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