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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tzachi Hanegbi in Jerusalem

The prime minister’s office announced in a statement Saturday night that the nation’s police force is beefing up its security presence in the country’s integrated towns, such as Ramle.

An additional contingent of three companies of Border Guard Police reservists was authorized for deployment in mixed Arab-Jewish cities where increased tensions have become obvious over the past 48 hours.

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Dozens of Arab rioters hurled rocks at Israeli police officers in the integrated town of Ramle on Saturday afternoon. At least ten arrests were made, according to police.

Also on Saturday night, a Jerusalem bus driver was injured in a stone-throwing attack by Arabs hurling rocks as he drove his vehicle along Rehov Shmuel HaNavi. The route skirts along the area outside the Old City of Jerusalem adjacent to an area leading to an Arab neighborhood.

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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.
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