World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch has ordered restrictions on gun ownership for citizens to be eased due to the tense security situation in Jerusalem, Israeli radio reported Thursday.
Under the new guidelines, security personnel will be allowed to take their guns home, while army reservists and police officers will be able to carry guns on their person, the report said, quoting unnamed government sources.
The decision follows an attack earlier this week by two Palestinians on a West Jerusalem synagogue that left five Israelis dead.
The attack was the latest episode in an ongoing wave of upheaval that has engulfed Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied West Bank in recent months.
It was initially triggered by the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager and Israel's subsequent military onslaught on the Gaza Strip in which over 2,160 Palestinians – the vast majority of them civilians – were killed.
Moreover, increasingly frequent intrusions by Israeli officials and Jewish settlers into East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound – along with fresh restrictions on Muslim worshippers – have angered Palestinians and often led to clashes.
Tensions mounted further when Israel temporarily closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in late October after an extremist rabbi was injured in a drive-by shooting in West Jerusalem.
Since then, a total of 11 Israelis have been killed and several others injured – including those from the synagogue attack – in a spate of assaults by Palestinians, both inside Israel and in the occupied territories.
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