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Israeli police to cordon off area near Al-Aqsa for Friday prayer

Sept. 4, 2008 10:31 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 4, 2008 10:31 A.M.)
Jerusalem - Ma'an - Israeli police announced late on Wednesday that Muslims hoping to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday will not be able to drive or take public transportation directly to the moqsue.

Police plan to cordon off the area near the mosque, and said that parking would be provided in the As-Suwana neighborhood.

In order to attend prayer at the iconic mosque, Palestinians must meet certain criteria. Married men between the ages 45-50 and married women between the ages of 30-45 who have received permission from the Civil Administration will be allow.

Men over the age of 50 and women over the age of 45 will be allowed without a special permit, the Israeli government says.

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