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Israeli police prevent women, children from entering Aqsa

Aug. 11, 2015 11:59 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2015 12:44 P.M.)
(MaanImages)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police on Tuesday prevented Palestinian children taking part in a summer camp as well as a number of Palestinian women from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, witnesses said.

Witnesses said that Israeli police "suddenly" deployed at the compound gates and set up iron barriers.

Israeli police reportedly distributed a list of women's names at all gates and prevented a number of women, as well as children taking part in a summer camp, from entering the holy site.

Witnesses added that police deployed at the Lion's Gate chased children from the area, causing them to panic.

Tensions have risen sharply at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in recent days, with near-daily clashes as right-wing Jewish organizations call on their members to tour the site.

(MaanImages)

The third holiest site in Islam, the mosque compound is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.

Following Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has maintained an agreement with the Islamic trust that controls the Al-Aqsa compound not to allow non-Muslim prayer in the area.

Jewish prayer is allowed at the neighboring Western Wall, which is the last remnant of the Second Temple.

However, Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish visitors to Al-Aqsa, leading to anger among Muslim worshipers.
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