Israeli police imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday, one day after three Palestinians were banned from the compound for periods of up to 45 days.Witnesses told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli police briefly closed most of the compound’s entrances on Monday, leaving only the Chain, Council and Hatta gates open, and prevented all worshipers under the age of 30 from entering the compound.
They later re-opened all entrances except for the Iron Gate.
A spokesperson for the Islamic endowment, or Waqf, said that Israeli police held worshipers’ ID cards as they entered the compound, using their personal details as leverage to ensure that Israeli restrictions were respected.
Witnesses said that a group of right-wing Israelis raided the compound on Monday, entering the Moroccans Gate and leaving from the Chain Gate.
Muslim worshipers reportedly reacted to the raid by chanting: ‘Allahu Akbar.’
See: Month of March: 1,268 Israelis Storm Al Aqsa Mosque Compound for further info and links.