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Israeli police deploy in Jerusalem ahead of Friday prayers

Friday, August 01, 2014 - 00:49

Israeli security deploy in East Jerusalem ahead of Friday prayers as fragile ceasefire over Gaza crisis begins. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Israeli police beefed up its forces in Jerusalem on Friday (August 1) amid high tensions over Gaza and ahead of noon prayers, which could be followed by riots, police said. The Israeli police spokesman said only men over age 50 and women will be allowed into the al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem's Old City. Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term solution. The 72-hour break after more than three weeks of fighting was set to begin at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT), according to a joint statement released by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Israel launched its offensive in Gaza on July 8 in response to a surge of cross-border rocket attacks. Gaza officials say at least 1,441 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the battered territory and nearly 7,000 wounded. Sixty-one Israeli soldiers have been killed in the fighting and more than 400 wounded. Three civilians have been killed by Palestinian shelling in Israel.

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Israeli police deploy in Jerusalem ahead of Friday prayers

Friday, August 01, 2014 - 00:49