Police limit access to Temple Mount for Friday prayers

Israel Police officers are restricting access to the Temple Mount after Hamas calls for a “Day of Rage” today in Jerusalem and across the West Bank. Muslim men under 40 are not being allowed onto the mount, although women of all ages will be granted access.

Security forces are bracing for violence after noon prayers later today, following weeks of unrest and a wave of terror attacks that have claimed the lives of eight Israelis since October 1.

Israel Radio reports that demonstrations are planned for flashpoint sites including Rachel’s Tomb outside Bethlehem in the West Bank, the Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus where Palestinians set fire to parts of the Joseph Tomb shrine overnight.

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