Jubilee security good, visitor numbers less so says Rome prefect

Capital has introduced massive security after Paris attacks

(ANSA) - Rome, December 17 - Rome prefect Franco Gabrielli said on Thursday he was satisfied with the security measures in the capital for Pope Francis' special Jubilee but less pleased with the number of people visiting sites and attending events for the holy year.
    Rome has introduced strict security measures for the Jubilee, which Francis kicked off on December 8 by opening a "holy door" at St Peter's Basilica.
    The massive operation in the wake of the Islamist terror attacks in Paris include a no-fly zone over most of Rome for the whole of the Jubilee and a temporary ban on the transportation of explosives, arms, ammunition, fuel and toxic gases. The Army will also be monitoring the area via radar and drone.
    "I am happy with the measures that have been put in place," Gabrielli told Radio in Blu, while adding: "a little less in terms of the number of people that are taking part in initiatives in recent days, above all on normal days when there is access to the holy doors".


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