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Metal detectors placed around Muslim Quarter of Old City

Police are installing metal detectors at some entrances to Jerusalem’s Old City as a preventative measure, following the spate of stabbing attacks, many of which have taken place there.

Police say the move was ordered by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

Metal detectors being placed at Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on October 8, 2015. (Courtesy police spokesperson)
Metal detectors being placed at Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on October 8, 2015. (Courtesy police spokesperson)

The metal detectors will be installed at the Jaffa Gate, Damascus Gate, Hagai Street, the Via Dolorosa and Hashalshelet street, all of which border the Muslim quarter.

Hagai Street was the site of two separate stabbing attacks in the last several days, including one which left two people dead.

“The detectors are being placed in line with security assessments, field analysis and threats, in order to bolster security for city residents and its many visitors,” a police statement reads.

The statement makes no mention of other entrances to the Old City, such as Zion Gate and Dung Gate.

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