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Jerusalem on high alert as security campaign begins; one detained

12:00 Aug 21 2011 Ras Al Amoud, East Jerusalem

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli police raised alert levels in Jerusalem after receiving information about a possible attack in the city, an Israeli police spokeswoman told Ma'an on Sunday.

Luba Simmari said that Israeli police have put the city on high alert, with reinforcements being drafted in.

Israeli police are checking cars and identity cards as part of security procedures, she added.

The police have started a security campaign in Jerusalem and have closed parts of the old city as they carry out searches, a Ma'an correspondent reported.

Police raided the Ras Al-Amud neighborhood of Jerusalem on Sunday, detaining Amjad Arafej, Ma'an's correspondent said.

Local witnesses said police had found weapons in his house.

Police also prevented worshipers from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque for afternoon prayers.
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