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Israel firms up security as Gaza truce takes hold

Published on Nov 24, 2012 6:29 AM
 
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) sits next to police chief Yohanan Danino (second, right) during his visit to the police headquarters in Jerusalem Nov 22, 2012. 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.

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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