Jerusalem District Police have decided to restrict the entrance of Muslim worshippers to the Temple Mount
on Friday following reports of planned disruptions after prayers.
Entrance will be restricted to men with Israeli ID cards over 50 and women of all ages. Thousands of police and Border Guard
officers will be deployed in the Old City
and east Jerusalem
to maintain the order. "Police will take a firm hand against any attempt to disrupt the order," a statement said.
Last Friday, Police forces stormed
the Temple Mount compound through the Old City's Mughrabi Gate after Arabs threw stones in their direction.
Clashes in Temple Mount last week (Photo: AFP)
The officers dispersed the rioters using stun grenades. Nine police officers and a number of demonstrators were lightly injured in the clashes. Police arrested four rioters.
A similar situation developed three weeks ago when officers stormed the Temple Mount.
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