Israel firms up security as Gaza truce takes hold
Published on Nov 24, 2012 6:29 AM
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel restricted Palestinian access to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday and kept a tight grip on security as a first death tested a hard-won truce ending fighting in and around Gaza.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party prepared for a primary on Sunday amid signs its popularity was slipping among Israelis who would have preferred a ground invasion of the Hamas-controlled strip.
Tensions on the streets of annexed Arab east Jerusalem remained high a day after angry demonstrators stormed an Israeli police station in a bid to secure the release of a Palestinian woman who tried to stab a border guard.
The army reported arresting 28 suspected West Bank militants - including five members of Hamas - in the wake of a security sweep on Thursday in which 55 "terror operatives" were detained.
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