- Title: Tension high as Palestinians gather for Friday prayers at al-Aqsa
- Date: 28th July 2017
- Summary: JERUSALEM (JULY 28, 2017) (REUTERS) JERUSALEM OLD CITY AS SEEN FROM AFAR AL-AQSA MOSQUE PEOPLE INSIDE AL-AQSA COMPOUND VARIOUS OF PALESTINIANS CHANTING SLOGANS ISRAELI SECURITY VARIOUS OF A PALESTINIAN NAB RAISING HIS HAND WHILE CHANTING SLOGANS VARIOUS OF PALESTINIANS GATHERED NEAR ISRAELI SECURITY BARRIER, CHANTING SLOGANS
- Embargoed: 11th August 2017 11:16
- Keywords: Israel Palestinians Jerusalem al-Aqsa Mosque security Muslims Friday prayers
- Location: JERUSALEM
- City: JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RMSNK7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Scores of Muslims gathered outside al-Aqsa mosque as Israel sent extra police into Jerusalem on Friday (July 28) and said men under the age of 50 would be banned from the major mosque for the day in anticipation of more mass protests.
Tensions have been high at the compound for two weeks, often erupting into clashes, since two Israeli police officers were killed there, prompting Israel to install metal detectors at the entrance to the site and a subsequent Muslim boycott.
Under immense diplomatic pressure Israel removed the metal detectors on Thursday (July 27), a move welcomed by the Arab world, but violence quickly returned when thousands of Muslim worshippers surged into the mosque, leading to scuffles with police in which dozens were hurt.
Before Israel took down the newly added security measures, Palestinian factions had been calling for a "day of rage" on Friday, raising concerns about another round of bloodshed.
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