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Israelis impose severe restrictions on Muslims entering Al-Aqsa Mosque

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Middle East Monitor | Sept 27, 2013

After more than a week of enabling Jewish settlers to enter and desecrate Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Israeli authorities have imposed severe restrictions on Muslim worshippers who want to perform their obligatory Friday prayer in the Noble Sanctuary.

According to Israeli media reports, the police are only allowing Palestinian men over 50 years old and carrying Israel identity documents to enter mosque along with women and children. The reason given by the police is that they have “intelligence” which suggests that there are plans for a “riot” within the mosque.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that there is a heavy police presence in and around Al-Aqsa. These measures come after more than a week of disruption in the Noble Sanctuary by illegal Jewish settlers, backed by Israeli police, who have entered the mosque several times to perform Talmudic rituals therein.

In response, a new Palestinian youth coalition…

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