Police: Muslims restricted at Temple Mount Friday

By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
July 28, 2006 01:38

For the fourth week in a row, Jerusalem police announced late Thursday that they will be imposing restrictions on Muslim entrance to the holy site on Friday due to the ongoing security situation in the country. All Arab men under the age of 45 will be barred from Friday midday prayers due to security concerns, police said, with only those above 45 with Israeli ID cards - as well as women of any age - allowed into the ancient compound. Police sporadically close off the bitterly contested Jerusalem holy site to younger male Arabs on Fridays during times of high tension, and following multiple alerts over possible violence at the compound.


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