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Following Tel Aviv Attack, Israel Suspends All Permits Given to Palestinians for Ramadan

According to reports, the IDF surrounded the assailants' hometown near Hebron and is expected to carry out arrests and interrogate the perpetrators' families.

All permits given to Palestinians for Ramadan have been suspended following the Tel Aviv terror attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said overnight on Thursday.
These include some 83,000 permits, most of them to visit family in Israel. Permits for Gaza residents to pray at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem have also been suspended.
Netanyahu, Lieberman and Eisenkot held security consultations at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv a short while after the prime minister returned from a visit to Moscow. At 12:30 P.M., Netanyahu will convene the security-diplomatic cabinet at the Kirya to discuss possible further steps in response to the terror attack.
Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of government activities in the territories, ordered overnight on Thursday to suspend 204 permits of the perpetrators' families.
On Wednesday night, Netanyahu arrived at the scene of the attack at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, accompanied by Lieberman and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. The three were briefed by the Tel Aviv district police chief.
"There was a very difficult event here, of cold-blooded murder by heinous terrorists," Netanyahu said. "We held a discussion on a string of offensive and defensive measures that we will take to act against this phenomenon, the grave phenomenon of shooting. It is definitely challenging us and we will respond to it."
"There will be firm action by other security elements, not only to locate anyone who cooperated with this murder, but also to prevent further actions. We will act firmly and intelligently," the prime minister said.
Four people were killed in the attack and more were wounded. On Thursday morning, it was reported that four victims and the perpetrator of the attack were hospitalized in moderate condition at Ichilov Hospital's intensive care units. Another two women who were lightly wounded have been released from hospital.
According to Palestinian reports, the IDF surrounded the South Hebron Hills town of Yatta – the hometown of the assailants – and has declared the area a closed military zone. The military is expected to carry out arrests and interrogate the perpetrators' families.

Gili Cohen
Haaretz Correspondent
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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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