Published On: Wed, Oct 14th, 2015

Death toll in Jerusalem reaches 32

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Israeli forces are behind the killings of 32 Israeli and Palestinians which all started this month. The killings are the consequences of Israeli police putting up check-points at exits of Palestinian neighbourhoods in occupied East Jerusalem after the government approved tough measures.

Violence sparked by Palestinian fears about increased visits by hardline Jewish groups to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledging to maintain the current status quo, Palestinians worry that the visits mark the first stage of an eventual plan to partition the compound into Muslim and Jewish sections.

Those killed in the violence included attackers, but most were demonstrators or stone throwers shot dead by Israeli soldiers during protests. Seven Israelis have also been killed.

The army deployed six companies on Wednesday to the country’s urban areas.
Steps approved include allowing police to seal off Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem.

 

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