Thousands of Israeli police in occupied East Jerusalem to secure provocative settlers-organized flags march

18-05-2023 10:35 AM

Ammon News - Thousands of Israeli occupation forces were deployed this morning in and around occupied East Jerusalem and its old city to secure the annual provocative flags march, which settlement associations intend to organize today marking, according to the Hebrew calendar, the occupation of the holy city in June 1967.

Police were deployed at major intersections in the city and roadblocks were set up on the main roads disrupting normal life for the city’s Palestinian population.

Old City shops were ordered to remain shuttered for the day to allow free and easy access for the settlers to the Old City during the march and to avoid any friction between the Palestinians and the settlers as the march is expected to go through Damascus Gate and the Muslim Quarter in the Old City before reaching the Western Wall plaza.

Extremist and right-wing cabinet ministers and members of parliament from the government coalition, led by the fascist Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, intend to participate in the march, which is expected to start in the early afternoon.

The so-called "Temple" organizations and settlement groups had called for the largest number of settlers to storm the Muslim holy compound, Al-Aqsa Mosque, this morning, ahead of the provocative flags march.

Witnesses said several groups of settlers, led by extremist officials, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning during the allocated hours under heavy police protection.

Meanwhile, and in defiance of the provocative flags march, Palestinians have called for hoisting the Palestinian flag everywhere in Jerusalem and the occupied territories and to hold flags rallies in the West Bank cities in the afternoon.


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