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  5/18/2014, Iyar 18, 5774

Police to Deploy 8,000 Extra Officers During Papal Visit


Israel's top police officer on Sunday vowed to step up police presence nationwide ahead of Pope Francis's upcoming visit, according to AFP. "You cannot exaggerate the importance of this visit on both a national and an international level," Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino told reporters in Jerusalem.

The two-day papal visit to Israel, which begins on May 25, was being treated by police with the same level of importance as that of US President Barack Obama, with an extra 8,000 officers to be deployed throughout Jerusalem, he said. Danino also responded to the Vatican's repeated concerns over "price tag" vandalism on Christian sites ahead of the visit, vowing to apprehend "extreme elements."