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Israeli police flood Jerusalem for Friday prayers

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Israeli police flood Jerusalem for Friday prayers


Tension continues to surround the construction work near Temple Mount, as Israel steps up security to prevent a repeat of last week’s riots. Thousands of police were deployed to stop clashes as Muslims arrived to pray. There were scuffles and arrests as some were denied entry to the holy site. Security forces are only allowing men aged over 50 and women 40 and over to go inside.

One man was arrested, after allegedly attacking officers. There were more detentions as youths hurled stones at the authorities. The leader of the “Islamic Movement in Israel”, the subject of a restraining order after last week, was also prevented from passing by.

Israel says it has begun broadcasting images of the construction work on the net, to try to dispel concerns it will harm the nearby mosque. Turkey has also offered to send inspectors to monitor the project, but Muslims say they will continue their protests.

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