Israel lifts restrictions on Muslim prayer at Al-Aqsa

2015-10-06 21:00
Israeli riot police walk at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound - one of Islam's holiest sites. (Ahmad Ghabrali, AFP)

Israeli riot police walk at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound - one of Islam's holiest sites. (Ahmad Ghabrali, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Jerusalem - Israel is to lift temporary restrictions on Muslim worship at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, imposed after the weekend killing of two Israelis nearby, police said on Tuesday.

"So far the decision is to return to normal procedures, with no restrictions on entry of worshippers," spokesperson Luba Samri said in a statement, warning the decision could change if security concerns dictated it.

The easing is due to take effect with Wednesday's Muslim prayers at the site.

On Saturday night, a Palestinian said to be an Islamist militant was shot dead by police after he killed two Israeli men and wounding the wife and toddler of one of them, in a knife and gun attack in the Old City.

The following day, authorities imposed a rare ban on Palestinians entering the walled district, except for residents, business owners and schoolchildren.

Israelis and tourists were permitted to enter freely.

At the same time, worship at the sensitive Al-Aqsa compound was ordered limited to men aged 50 and above, although there was no age restrictions on women.

Entry to the Old City for Palestinians was restored on Tuesday although the mosque age bar remained in place throughout the day.

Read more on:    palestine  |  israel  |  religion

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.