Police Limit Old City Access after Terror Attacks

Jerusalem's Old City to remain partially shuttered over Simchat Torah; Muslims over 50 can still visit Temple Mount.

Tova Dvorin ,

Police patrol Old City of Jerusalem
Police patrol Old City of Jerusalem
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The Israel Police have limited access to the Old City of Jerusalem for Sunday and Monday, following a string of terror attacks against Jews Saturday night.

"Following the terrorist attack in the Old City of Jerusalem which claimed the lives of two Israelis and left two others injured, the proposals of the security services and the police have been accepted namely to limit access to the Old City for the next two days to Israeli citizens, Old City residents, tourists, business people who work in the Old City and students who study in the Old City," the police said in a statement Sunday morning.

On Saturday night, Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Banita Bennett, 21, were killed in a brutal stabbing attack in the neighborhood early Saturday night, as Shabbat ended. Bennett, along with his wife and two-year-old son, were attacked by the terrorist; his wife was seriously wounded and the child lightly wounded. 

Hours later, overnight Saturday/Sunday, a 15 year-old was stabbed near Damascus Gate; police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld stated Sunday that the teen is now in moderate condition. 

As a result of the wave of terror throughout the capital, Police are only allowing Muslim men over the age of 50 to access the Temple Mount - Judaism's holiest site and a flashpoint for violent Arab rioting since the holidays began earlier this month. 

Security restrictions throughout the Old City will remain in effect throughout Hoshanah Rabbah (the last day of Sukkot - ed.) and the Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah holiday. 



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