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Some 250,000 Muslim worshippers arrived at Al-Aqsa mosque for Qadr Night

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Israel Police deployed thousands of officers to the capital as part of its state of alert amid heightened tensions.

By JNS

Some 250,000 Muslim worshippers arrived at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Wednesday night to mark Qadr Night (Laylat al-Qadr in Arabic), a significant date on the Islamic calendar during the month of Ramadan, Kan News reported.

Israel Police previously injected thousands of backup police to the Jerusalem District as part of its high-alert level, said the report, after violence during the Ramadan holiday earlier this month on the Temple Mount and heightened security tensions.

Earlier on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held a situation assessment with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Public Security Minister Omar Bar-Lev and other senior officials.

According to the report, in recent days, Israel held talks with Jordan and the Islamic Waqf trust that manages the Temple Mount site in an effort to decrease tensions in the coming days.

On Tuesday, police said that several Palestinians will be charged in the coming days in connection with a spate of attacks this month against Israeli civilians and security forces in Jerusalem.

Two of the suspects, one a minor, were arrested after assaulting Jews walking in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 17.

That same morning, detectives and Border Police officers arrested seven Palestinians on suspicion of throwing rocks and launching fireworks at police and civilians from Old City rooftops. The suspects, five of whom are minors, will be charged this week, according to police.

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