Israel bars Muslim men under 50
Israeli police said on Friday that Muslim men under the age of 50 will not be allowed at al-Aqsa compound, in an announcement made hours ahead of expected mass protests.
Palestinians planned fresh demonstrations over new security measures at the holy site in occupied East Jerusalem, a week after a deadly shoot-out at the compound that triggered tensions.
"Entry to the Old City and Temple Mount will be limited to men aged 50 and over. Women of all ages will be permitted," a police statement said.Man says Nazis were socialist, gets schooled by history writer
Police swarmed into Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods in the morning, particularly in and around the walled Old City where the shrine is located.
At least 3,000 Israeli police and border police units had been deployed to the area, according to a spokesman for the police.
Israel's security cabinet said that Israeli police would decide when to remove metal detectors and turnstiles at the compound installed last week - a disappointing statement to Palestinians who view the measures as collective punishment and infringement of the status quo, which gives Muslims religious control over the compound and Jews the right to visit, but not pray there.This is what happens when 100 Americans try to speak like the British
Israel tightened its grip on the compound after two Israeli security officers were killed in an alleged attack by three Palestinians, who were killed by Israeli police following the violence.
Over the past week, there have been daily demonstrations and clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians.
On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received recommendations from different sectors of Israel's security services on the metal detectors.Features men can not resist
Israel's internal security service, Shin Bet, said the barriers should be removed, while Jerusalem police insisted they stay.
Also on Friday, a Palestinian advocacy group said 10 prominent Palestinian activists had been detained in Jerusalem, according to The Associated Press.
The Palestinian Prisoners Club said Hatem Abdel Khader, the Jerusalem leader of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, was among those arrested.Your sleeping pattern could be making you fatter
'Day of anger'
The Palestinian group Hamas and Muslim leaders worldwide have called for mass protests on Friday over the measures.
On Wednesday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya warned Israel against crossing a "red line" at al-Aqsa Mosque compound.To improve your brain, have more sex
"To the Zionist enemy, I say openly and clearly: al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem are red lines. Truly they are red lines," he said.
"To the enemy I say, your policy of closure and imposition of collective punishments against the residents of Jerusalem and our places of sanctity will not be tolerated. "
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But Palestinians fear Israel is trying to retake the site by stealth.
Palestinian President Abbas cut short a trip to China on Wednesday to return to the occupied West Bank to deal with the mounting tensions.
On Wednesday he urged the international community to intervene.Surprising things guys find unattractive
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had spoken to Abbas by phone earlier in the day, urged his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin to remove the detectors.
"Given the importance that Haram al-Sharif carries for the whole Islamic world, the metal detectors put in place by Israel should be removed in the shortest possible time and an end put to the tension," Erdogan said.
The site houses al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock shrine, Islam's third holiest site after Mecca and Medina, as well as the ruins of the Biblical Jewish Temple.Secret report about the Pope’s hospital
Questions about control of the site frequently lead to outbursts of fighting.