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Friday prayers at Temple Mount end peacefully, officials say

Iranians hold anti-Israel protest in Tehran; Palestinian shot dead trying to stab Israeli soldiers in West Bank; Low-level clashes break out in East Jerusalem, West Bank as Muslims return to Al-Aqsa for Friday prayers

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

  • Muslim worshipers pray outside Jerusalem's Old City near the Lions' Gate on July 28, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA)
    Muslim worshipers pray outside Jerusalem's Old City near the Lions' Gate on July 28, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA)
  • Iranians carry signs and chant anti-Israel slogans at a demonstration after Friday prayers in the capital Tehran on July 28, 2017 against Israeli security measures implemented at the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. (AFP/Stringer)
    Iranians carry signs and chant anti-Israel slogans at a demonstration after Friday prayers in the capital Tehran on July 28, 2017 against Israeli security measures implemented at the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. (AFP/Stringer)
  • Illustrative photo of Israeli security forces near the Gush Etzion junction on October 20, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
    Illustrative photo of Israeli security forces near the Gush Etzion junction on October 20, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
  • Israeli border guards keep watch as Palestinian Muslim worshipers pray outside Jerusalem's Old City overlooking the Temple Mount compound on July 28, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)
    Israeli border guards keep watch as Palestinian Muslim worshipers pray outside Jerusalem's Old City overlooking the Temple Mount compound on July 28, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)
  • Israeli mounted police patrol outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on July 28, 2017. (Jack GUEZ / AFP)
    Israeli mounted police patrol outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on July 28, 2017. (Jack GUEZ / AFP)
  • Police check the ID cards of Muslim worshipers at the Gate of the Tribes in Jerusalem's Old City on July 27, 2017. (Dov Lieber/Times of Israel)
    Police check the ID cards of Muslim worshipers at the Gate of the Tribes in Jerusalem's Old City on July 27, 2017. (Dov Lieber/Times of Israel)
  • Police outside Damascus Gate near Jerusalem's Old City on July 28, 2017. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)
    Police outside Damascus Gate near Jerusalem's Old City on July 28, 2017. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Friday’s news as it unfolded.

Heavy police presence in Old City as Friday prayers begin

Hundreds of Israeli police are deployed in and around Jerusalem’s Old City as Muslim worshipers arrive at the Temple Mount for Friday prayers.

Checkpoints are set up at all of the Old City’s gates, and K9 units are on patrol in the area.

Some roads leading to the flashpoint holy site are closed to traffic.

Earlier, police barred men under the age of 50 from entering the Temple Mount for prayers today, saying they had received information extremists were planning violent protests in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Palestinian medics prepare for violent clashes in Jerusalem

The Palestinian Red Crescent has set up mobile clinics in East Jerusalem in preparation for potentially violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces after this afternoon’s prayers at the Temple Mount.

Large numbers of Israeli security forces are deployed throughout the capital, and police earlier barred men under the age of 50 from entering the Temple Mount for Friday prayers over concerns of violence protests.

Heavy clashes in the capital and West Bank last weekend left five Palestinians dead and saw a Palestinian terrorist stab to death three Israelis at their Shabbat meal in a West Bank settlement.

Arab MK Zoabi barred from entering Temple Mount

Joint (Arab) List Knesset member Hanin Zoabi is barred from entering the Temple Mount just ahead of afternoon prayers at the holy site.

Video footage of the incident shows the MK yelling to the border police officers on duty that “one day we’ll end up inside Jerusalem, and you’ll be outside.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Jewish and Muslim lawmakers off the Temple Mount a year and half ago, after the outbreak in October 2015 of a wave of Palestinian violence and terror attacks centered around claims that Israel was attempting to take control of the compound.

Hundreds of Muslim protesters face police at Old City

Hundreds of mostly young Palestinian men are gathered behind a police barricade at Salah-a-Din Street in East Jerusalem near the Old City.

Most of the people are wearing hats that read, “I am Muslim and I would bleed for Al-Aqsa,” while the crowd chants “In blood we will redeem Al-Aqsa.”

There are as yet no incidents of violence.

— Judah Ari Gross

Muslims banned from Temple Mount hold prayers in the street

Thousands of Muslim worshipers banned from entering the Temple Mount for this afternoon’s prayers hold them publicly around Jerusalem under heavy guard by Israeli security forces.

Worshipers can be seen praying outside the Old City gates, major streets in East Jerusalem and several checkpoints throughout the city.

Palestinian injured in Jerusalem clashes succumbs to wounds

A Palestinian man who was injured in clashes earlier this week in Jerusalem has died, the hospital says.

Dr. Ahmad Betawi, head of a West Bank hospital, says 26-year-old Mohammed Kanan sustained a head injury when he was struck Monday by a live bullet outside Jerusalem.

At least five other Palestinians have died in the past week in violent clashes with Israeli security forces amid protests over the Temple Mount.

Kanan is being buried this afternoon in East Jerusalem.

يا أم الشهيد نيالك يا ريت أمي بدالك..#شاهد: هتافات الشبان خلال تشييع جثمان الشهيد محمد كنعان في بلدة حزما شمال شرق القدس المحتلة.

Posted by ‎المركز الفلسطيني للإعلام‎ on Friday, 28 July 2017

— AP contributed

Standoff between Palestinians, security forces in East Jerusalem

A tense standoff is developing between hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz.

Tensions flare after kids throw water bottles at police patrolling the neighborhood, and officers respond by firing a stun grenade into the crowd.

— Judah Ari Gross

Low-level clashes break out in West Bank after Friday prayers

Low-level clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces break out near Rachel’s Tomb, close to the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Reports in Palestinian media say Israel is using rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd of nearly 200. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 10 people are injured.

Other clashes are reported in the West Bank cities of Nablus, Qalqilya and Hebron.

IDF investigating attempted stabbing in West Bank

The IDF says it is investigating a possible attempted stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank.

The alleged attacker was “neutralized” at the scene, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

No other injuries are reported.

Palestinian tries to stab Israeli soldiers in West Bank, is shot dead

A Palestinian man attempted to stab IDF soldiers at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank, and was shot dead, the army says.

The man ran towards the soldiers with a knife drawn before being shot, according to an IDF statement.

No Israeli soldiers were injured in the incident.

Iranians hold anti-Israel protest in Tehran

Dozens of worshipers stage an anti-Israel rally in Iran over stepped-up security measures by Israeli forces at the Temple Mount holy site in Jerusalem.

Chanting “Death to Israel” and “Death to America,” demonstrators in Tehran this afternoon are protesting Israel’s security measures at the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.

Earlier, Israeli police announced that men under the age of 50 will be barred from the shrine, which has been at the center of recent tensions.

— AP

Jordanian protesters chant ‘Death to Israel’ amid tensions over embassy shooting

Hundreds of Jordanians hold a protest this afternoon near the Israeli embassy in Amman, calling on the government to shut it down, expel the ambassador and cancel the 1994 peace treaty with Israel.

Emerging from a mosque hundreds of meters (yards) away from the embassy, the protesters chant “Death to Israel” and “No Zionist embassy on Jordanian soil”, an AFP correspondent says.

The protest was another sign of growing tensions between the two countries.

Earlier this week, a security guard at the Israeli Embassy shot and killed two Jordanians, including a 16-year-old who authorities said attacked him with a screw driver.

The guard returned to Israel to praise from Israel’s prime minister, prompting unprecedented criticism from Jordan’s king who said Benjamin Netanyahu’s actions were “provocative.”

— Agencies

Friday prayers at Temple Mount end peacefully, officials say

Authorities say this afternoon’s prayers at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount have ended peacefully.

Firas Dibs, an official from the Jordanian religious body that administers the holy site, says tens of thousands attended Friday prayers.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says prayers ended without incident. Police were out in force in anticipation of mass demonstrations.

Muslims only returned to the site yesterday after about two weeks of praying in the streets nearby to protest new Israeli security measures placed at the site in the wake of the July 14 terror attack that killed two police officers.

— AP

25 Palestinians injured in West Bank, East Jerusalem clashes

The Palestinian Red Crescent says its medics have treated 25 people for injuries sustained in altercations with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem and the West Bank this afternoon.

According to the organization, the two dozen or so Palestinians were injured in low-level clashes in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem, Hebron, Tulkarem, Ramallah and the adjacent Qalandiya refugee camp. Several injuries were reported from the clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz as well.

An IDF medic was lightly injured after a rock struck his head during the clashes in Qalandiya, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

Palestinian said killed in clashes with IDF near Gaza border

A Palestinian was killed in clashes with the Israeli army along the Gaza Strip border this afternoon, according to reports in Palestinian media.

16-year-old Abdel Rahman Abu Hamaisa was shot dead by IDF fire east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Strip, the reports say, citing the Gaza Health Ministry.

One dead, several injured in Hamburg supermarket knife attack

German police say one person died after a man with a knife attacked several people at a supermarket in Hamburg.

Police in the northern port city report that the attacker was arrested.

They say on Twitter that the motive for the incident Friday in Hamburg’s Barmbek district wasn’t immediately clear.

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