New police unit established to secure Temple Mount

Public Security Minister to announce new police unit dedicated to protecting visitors to Temple Mount following terror attack, riots.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Border Police officers guard entrance to Temple Mount
Border Police officers guard entrance to Temple Mount
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Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is expected to announce the establishment of a new police unit to secure the Temple Mount Tuesday night.

The new unit, currently being assembled, will be under the authority of the Israel Police Jerusalem District, and its sole purpose will be to ensure the safety of visitors to the Temple Mount.

The new unit is to include more than 100 police officers who will work to ensure security and public order in the Temple Mount area. They will protect visitors to the Temple Mount and will employ the most advanced intelligence and technological tools currently available.

The issue of security on the Temple Mount came to the forefront of political discourse after three Israeli-Arab terrorists murdered two Druze police officers in July, shooting them in the back in a terror attack at the Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

Following the terrorist attack, metal detectors were installed at the entrances to the Temple Mount. The Cabinet eventually decided to remove the metal detectors following riots by Palestinian Arabs and employ other means to enhance security at the site.

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