Tensions in Temple Mount: Entrance limited to men above age of 50

Despite the removal of security measures at the Temple Mount, the Israel Police received intel of planned violent disturbances. Streets in the Old City were blocked and entrance to the Temple Mount will be limited.

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This morning (Friday), thousands of Israeli police officers have been deployed in the Old City of Jerusalem for fear of violent clashes with the worshipers of the Temple Mount. This, despite the removal of the security measures that have been set up as a result of the deadly terror attack.

The police stated that the entrance to the Temple Mount will only be permitted for men above the age of 50 and for women of any age. In addition, the police will focus on the Jerusalem envelope and on the routes of the worshipers to the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.

Crisis not over? Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

During a situation assessment, Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy emphasized the need to maintain the safety, wellbeing and respect of the worshipers and the citizens of the Old City and ordered to allow the existence of the prayer.

Thousands deployed Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

According to the police, today’s restrictions are a result of information regarding extremist intentions to disrupt the order violently and endanger the public’s peace.

Celebrations, yesterday Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

As prayers ended last night, police noticed that dozens of young worshipers barricaded themselves in the mosque and did not listen to instruction to leave the Temple Mount at the end of the prayer, as customary. After continuously refusing, security forces entered the mosque to end the barricade. A number of youths who broke the order and clashed with the police were arrested and brought for questioning.

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