Israeli border police shot and killed an unarmed Palestinian man In Jerusalem, on Saturday, May 30, near the Old City's Lion's Gate. Police stated that the man was seen with a suspicious object, and that he ran away when ordered to stop. Israeli media report that the man did not understand the police orders. Israeli police have closed all of the Old City's gates in anticipation of expected protests.
The incident came following the announcement that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem had been arrested and held overnight by Israeli police on Friday, May 29. He was reportedly issued with a one-week ban from accessing the al-Aqsa mosque compound, which is due to reopen on Sunday, May 31. Previous such bans have been ignored, resulting in clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli police at the entrances to the mosque compound.
Protests and a heightened security presence are to be expected in Jerusalem in the near term. Anticipate an associated disruption to travel.
Individuals in Jerusalem and the West Bank are advised to monitor the situation, avoid protest sites, anticipate a heightened security presence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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