World Bulletin/News Desk
Hundreds of Palestinians were forced to perform the weekly Friday prayers on the streets in East Jerusalem after Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of worshippers into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Hundreds of worshippers were seen praying on the streets in Jerusalem's Old City amid a heavy presence of Israeli police forces, according to Anadolu Agency reporter.
Israeli police have erected barricades at the entry points of the Old City as helicopters flew overhead.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld earlier said that men over 50 will only be allowed into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, two days after Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to allow Jewish settlers to mark the beginning of the Jewish Sukkot holiday.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.
In September 2000, a visit to the site by controversial Israeli politician Ariel Sharon sparked what later became known as the "Second Intifada," a popular uprising against the Israeli occupation in which thousands of Palestinians were killed.Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ekim 2014, 15:01