Israeli police on alert ahead of Pope’s visit to Bethlehem
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - REUTERS/Sebastian Scheiner
GAZA: The Israeli police have raised alert in preparation for the arrival of Vatican Pope Francis to Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon, Israel Radio reported.

More than 8,000 police elements will be deployed to secure the papal visit to the city of Bethlehem on Sunday afternoon, while some inner streets will be closed for residents

Police barriers were already in place on both sides of some streets in Jerusalem, and preparations were being made at the Israeli President’s Residence for the arrival of the pope on Monday.

Pope Francis will visit the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem and will later meet with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

He will be given a red carpet reception at Ben Gurion airport before heading for a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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