Online threats prompt increased police presence around places of worship in Mississauga and Brampton

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Published October 12, 2023 at 11:49 am

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Online threats of global protests have prompted increased police presence around places of worship in Mississauga and Brampton.

The possible threat stems from former Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, who has called for protests across the Muslim world on Friday (Oct. 13) in support of the Palestinians in a fight against Israel. Hamas launched a surprise attack against Israel on Saturday, killing hundreds.

Fears of protests and possible violence tomorrow have put several police forces in the GTA on alert.

Peel Regional Police are aware of the “global online threats of violence” and have increased police presence around places of worship, reads a statement from Chief Nishan Duraiappah this morning.

“We have increased deployment of resources around places of worship and in our communities,” Duraiappah said.

“We want to assure Peel residents that we are monitoring the situation closely and any local impacts.”

Duraiappah said police are connecting with faith-based communities to provide reassurance and support.

He added that police “will not tolerate any forms of hate crime or threat of violence against anyone.”

“Any acts of violence will be investigated to the fullest extent,” he said. “Peel Regional Police continue to collaborate with all police services to ensure the safety of everyone.”

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