JERUSALEM, August 10, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli police on Sunday closed the gates of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, denying entry for Palestinian women and youngsters, while the elderly were asked to hand their ID cards before they could enter the mosque, according to media sources.
WAFA correspondent said the tight Israeli measures came as police allowed Jewish settlers and foreign tourists to enter the mosque through the Moroccan Gate.
He quoted an Islamic Waqf staff as saying that these measures are also a prelude for implementing the temporal division of the Mosque; police denies Palestinian worshipers entry from 7:00 am to 11:30 am, while settlers are allowed entry except on Friday and Saturday; the gates are open then for Muslim worshipers.
Earlier on Sunday, Israeli police prevented women from entering the Mosque for the dawn prayers, leading them to perform the prayers outside the gates. The women gathered to protest the Israeli tight measures by chanting religious slogans.