Jerusalem: Why are tensions soaring?

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Tensions in Jerusalem reach a fever pitch, as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close. Israel's army chief has ordered troop reinforcements to the south of the country, after rockets were fired from Gaza. The barrage of rockets from Hamas came following clashes which broke out between Palestinians and Israeli security personnel at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. The holiest site in Jerusalem is considered sacred to both Muslims and Jews. Our Jerusalem correspondent Irris Makler tells us more.

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Meanwhile, in Iraq, protests erupted in the southern city of Karbala, after the killing of a prominent activist. Ihab al-Wazni was shot dead outside his home on Sunday. He played a pivotal role in the organisation of anti-government protests that rocked Iraq in October 2019. Following his killing, protesters vented their anger in front of Iran's consulate in Karbala.

Finally, we take you to Lebanon. While the political crisis continues in the country in the aftermath of last year's devastating explosion at Beirut's port, local artists are taking aim at those in power out on the street and are pushing the envelope with cutting-edge art. Our correspondent Sally Farhat reports.

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