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Tensions around Al-Aqsa as Israelis celebrate Shavuot

June 3, 2014 3:23 P.M. (Updated: June 5, 2014 5:33 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers in Jerusalem on Tuesday for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces closed the main entrances to Al-Aqsa Mosque and only allowed men over 50 to enter. Students were also denied entry.

Employees of the Palestinian Ministry of Endowment were eventually allowed in after being made to wait.

Restrictions began on Monday when Palestinian worshipers were denied entry for noon prayers. Since the, hundreds of Palestinians have been denied access.

Ministry of Endowment officials said that over 150 right-wing Jews have visited the compound, including far-right MK Yehuda Glick.

Michael Ben-Ari, a former MK, said Tuesday that he planned to visit the mosque compound.

Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of when Jews believe that God gave the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai.

Israeli authorities regularly impose restrictions on the entrance of Palestinian Muslim worshipers to the Al-Aqsa compound, which is located in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem.
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