Israeli police said they will limit access for Muslim men to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound during Friday prayers to prevent possible clashes following services.Photo: Israeli security forces stand guard at an alleyway leading to
the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on February 25, 2014 in the
Old City of Jerusalem.
(AFP/Ma’an) Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, on Thursday, that men under the age of 50 will be barred from Friday prayers, based on intelligence of plans for unrest, with security forces bolstering their presence in the area.
The decision comes after police clashed with Palestinians at the compound on Tuesday, hours ahead of a debate in the Israeli parliament over a plan to place the holy site under full Israeli jurisdiction.
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