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Israeli police on alert ahead of key UN speech

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Israeli police on alert ahead of key UN speech


Israeli police have been put on alert ahead of Friday’s statehood speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations in New York.

Officials said they would have 22,000 officers on the streets in case of any possible unrest, as the UN General Assembly is called upon to recognise the Palestinian state.

Police say they’ll restrict entry to the old city of Jerusalem for Friday prayers. It is home to the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.

The move towards recognition is fiercely opposed by Israel and Washington. The US has threatened to veto any decision at the Security Council.

In Ramallah, a symbolic chair has been constructed to represent the UN seat that many Palestinians say they deserve after more than 60 years of statelessness.

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