Official: Concrete warnings terror groups intend to incite violence on Temple Mount

People hold Hamas flags as Palestinians gather at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, May 7, 2021. (Jamal Awad/Flash90)
People hold Hamas flags as Palestinians gather at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, May 7, 2021. (Jamal Awad/Flash90)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid holds a security assessment with internal security minister Omer Barlev and police chief Kobi Shabtai ahead of the upcoming Jewish High Holidays.

A senior official present at the meeting tells the Kan public broadcaster that there are “concrete warnings that terror groups plan to incite violence around the Temple Mount.”

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is the holiest place in Judaism as the site of the biblical temples. Al-Aqsa Mosque, which sits atop the mount, is the third-holiest shrine in Islam.

The holy site is a frequent flashpoint for violence.

The official says police have issued restraining orders to both Jewish and Arab activists to keep away from the site during the holidays that start later this month.

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