Ultra-Orthodox Jews pray along the Ayarkon River in the city of Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv during the ritual of "Tashlich" on October 2, 2014.AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ
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Israel is tightening security in flashpoint mixed Jewish-Muslim areas to ward off possible unrest this weekend when two important religious festivals coincide for the first time in three decades.The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur begins Friday evening, followed Saturday by the Muslim Eid al-Adha, against a backdrop of high inter-religious tension over the seven-week Gaza war.Israeli security forces control access to the site, and will allow Muslims to enter Saturday for dawn prayers, Samri said.Mosque director Hijazi Abu Sneineh told AFP that Muslim prayer – normally not allowed Saturdays, the Jewish day of rest – will this Eid be permitted at dawn.
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