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US Embassy in Israel bans employees from Old City during Flag March

Hundreds of right-wing activists waving flags attempt to attend a march through Jerusalem's Old City on April 20, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Hundreds of right-wing activists waving flags attempt to attend a march through Jerusalem's Old City on April 20, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The US Embassy in Israel forbids its employees from entering the Old City at any time on Sunday, the day that a controversial Flag March is slated to wind its way through that area of the capital.

The embassy says that US government employees may not be in the Old City after dark or on Fridays, may not use Damascus, Herod’s, and Lions’ Gate and may not enter the Old City “at any time on Sunday, May 29.”

Police are on high alert ahead of the nationalist march amid various threats from Hamas and fears of a repeat of last year’s event, during which rockets were fired at Jerusalem sparking an 11-day conflict.

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