Israeli army lifts West Bank closure after violent day

16:47, March 17, 2010      

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Israeli army lifted the general closure on the West Bank on Wednesday, after a violent day in and around Jerusalem, reported local daily Ha'aretz.

While the security forces were still deployed throughout Jerusalem to prevent future riots, Israeli police has eased an entry restriction and opened the Temple Mount (known by Muslims as Noble Sanctuary) to visitors.

In the wake of tensions between the Palestinians and Israel following the latter's approval of a housing program in East Jerusalem, Israel heightened security alert and took several measures to prevent collisions.

Those included a 48-hour lockdown on the West Bank starting from Thursday midnight, reinforcement of thousands of policemen in Jerusalem, and restriction on the entry of visitors and Palestinian worshippers into the Temple Mount.

On Tuesday, the police used stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of stone-hurling protestors in East Jerusalem, leaving dozens of Palestinians wounded. Some 10 police officers were injured slightly.

At checkpoints linking Israel and the Palestinian territories there were also clashes between angry Palestinian protestors and Israeli security forces, resulting in a number of injuries.

Source: Xinhua
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