Israeli forces close streets to Jerusalem-area neigborhood
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities closed the streets of the southern occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir with large cement blocks on Friday, witnesses said.Locals told Ma’an Israeli police forces closed the street connecting the neighborhood to the Sur Baher neighborhood, a main road leading to Jabal al-Mukabbir.Cement blocks were also set at the southern road leading to the neighborhood.Israeli forces were stationed at the entrance of the area checking the identification cards of Palestinian passersby, witnesses told Ma’an.
Witnesses added that Israeli police forces were deployed throughout the streets leading to the neighborhood.
According to Israeli media
, Israeli police were deployed around the neighborhood after four firebombs were reportedly thrown at an Israeli settler’s house coming from the direction of Jabal al-Mukabbir.
Israeli police confirmed on Thursday
the deployment of thousands of Israeli police forces throughout east Jerusalem in anticipation of Friday prayers for Palestinians observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Police also announced several road closures in and around the old city for every coming Friday until the end of Ramadan.Israeli forces have intensified security measures and operations on Palestinian communities following a deadly attack in Tel Aviv last week that left four Israelis killed.