Shin Bet pressed police to remove Damascus Gate barriers — report

The Shin Bet security agency pressed the Israel Police to remove barricades preventing worshipers from sitting on stairs at the Damascus Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City during Ramadan, the Kan public broadcaster reports, citing police officials.

The Shin Bet believed the presence of the barriers, which were taken down yesterday was contributing to the recent tensions in the city, the report says.

The security service refused to comment on the report, but stressed its cooperation with police.

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