East Jerusalem: Celebrations as Israel lifts al-Aqsa mosque age restrictions

Thousands of Muslim worshippers gathered outside the al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem, after Friday prayers, to celebrate the lifting of age restrictions placed by Israeli authorities on accessing the compound. Dozens of fireworks were set off, while others danced and waved large Palestinian flags. Authorities that administer the compound announced that all gates to al-Aqsa would be open to... Еще Palestinians of all ages. Earlier on Friday, Israeli police had prevented men under the age of 50 from entering through some of the compound's gates. Violence has spread across Israel and Palestine, after Israeli officials installed, now removed, metal detectors and extra security cameras in the al-Aqsa compound following the shooting of two Israeli police officers at the site earlier this month in a gun-fight, in which three Arab-Israeli shooters were also killed. This has led to further clashes: three Palestinians died during confrontations with Israeli security forces on Friday, according to media reports; three Israelis were fatally stabbed at home in a West Bank settlement, and some 30 Palestinians conducting night-time prayer near the Lion's Gate were injured during scuffles with Israeli forces on Tuesday.

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