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Jerusalem municipality reopens footbridge to disputed holy site
JERUSALEM (AP) ' Israeli police say a footbridge to a disputed Jerusalem holy site has been reopened, reducing the risk of a potential outbreak of unrest.
The walkway's closure earlier this week was to have been a prelude to its demolition. Jerusalem municipal authorities say it was a fire hazard and structurally unsound.
But any Israeli activity around the contested Old City site known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, provokes friction in Jordan, with the Palestinians, and elsewhere in the Arab world.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said municipal authorities reopened the footbridge Wednesday. The municipality said in a statement Tuesday that the government had called off the demolition plans and will be shoring up the bridge instead.