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Police at Damascus Gate

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Friday night with heads of the security establishment after a young Border Guard Policewoman was murdered and others wounded by terrorists near the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City hours earlier.

Netanyahu and defense officials met to assess the situation and determine what steps might be taken to prevent further attacks.

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Due to the number of terror attacks that have taken place at the site, the prime minister’s office said in a tweet it was decided to transform the Damascus Gate area into a “sterile space.” No further details were made available to media.

The Damascus Gate has been the focus of repeated terrorist attacks, many of them aimed at the Border Guard Police officers who are stationed at the site, and several of them aimed at female police officers.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.