JERUSALEM, September 12, 2013 (WAFA) – Tension was high in the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday, particularly inside of and at the gates leading to al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, as police allowed Jewish fanatics free access to the compound, according to witnesses and Muslim officials.
Officials said the Israeli police banned Palestinians under the age of 50, including students attending schools inside the walled compound, from entering the mosque.
At the same time, said the officials, the police allowed Jewish fanatics of all ages free access to the Muslim compound, which they refer to as Temple Mount.
When the fanatics attempted to hold Jewish prayers inside the compound, mosque guards stopped them. However, the police intervened on behalf of the fanatics and arrested two of the guards.
Witnesses said Palestinians attempting to enter the mosque clashed with Israeli police at Bab Hutta, in the Old City.
They said police used force to keep the Palestinians away from the gates to the mosque.