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Jerusalem mayor: Situation in city is calm, disturbances confined to Temple Mount

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion at the 17th annual Jerusalem Conference of the 'Besheva' group, on February 25, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion at the 17th annual Jerusalem Conference of the 'Besheva' group, on February 25, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion says the city is generally remaining calm, with the disturbances currently contained to the Temple Mount where they involve a minority of people.

“We are dealing with disturbances on the Temple Mount. I am currently at the [Old City’s] Jaffa Gate and the silence prevails — the Temple Mount is the point where the disturbances end, and it is a minority of people,” Lion tells the Kan public broadcaster.

Dozens of worshipers have barricaded themselves inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount amid rocketing tensions on Jerusalem Day. Some of them have thrown rocks at Israeli troops stationed outside the building.

The mayor’s comments come as the controversial Jerusalem Day Flag March is set to be held in the Old City later in the day.

The annual parade does not enter the Temple Mount, but Jewish visitors are being permitted to enter the compound on Sunday morning.

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