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Metal Detectors at Western Wall

March 29, 1994

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Closed-circuit TV cameras, watchtowers and metal detectors are among new security arrangements being set up around the Western Wall, Judaism’s most holy site.

Zeev Rosenberg, director general of the Religious Affairs Ministry, said Monday the safety precautions would go into effect in coming weeks.

The Western Wall was closed twice since the Hebron mosque massacre Feb. 25 - once when stones hurled at police by Palestinian rioters on Temple Mount rained down on the Jewish worshipers, and once by police a week later as a precaution.

Architects approved the plan to make sure the devices blended in with the ancient wall, Rosenberg told Itim, Israel’s national news agency.

The Western Wall is the best preserved remnant of the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70.

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