World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli police have beefed up security measures across Jerusalem (occupied East Jerusalem) and around Al-Aqsa Mosque on the eve of the anniversary of the Palestinian intifada.
Eyewitnesses said forces were heavily deployed around Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site for Muslims. Barricades were also set up on roads across the Old City of Al-Quds.
According to Israeli radio, restrictions were imposed on the entry of Palestinian worshippers to Al-Aqsa Mosque, allowing only those over 50 years of age with Israeli IDs into the worship compound.
The radio said that Israel had been tipped off that Palestinians were planning protests at the mosque on Friday.
The Israeli restrictions come on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Palestinian intifada, in which thousands of Palestinians were killed and injured had been triggered by a visit by then opposition leader Ariel Sharon to Al-Aqsa Mosque in 2000.
Palestinian groups have called for rallies following the weekly prayers to denounce repeated Israeli violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
In recent weeks, groups of Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have entered the Aqsa Mosque complex on an almost daily basis.
The frequent violations distress Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.
Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the "Temple Mount," claiming the area was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israeli forces also beefed up security measures across the West Bank, locking down some towns and arresting Palestinians following the killing of two Israeli soldiers in the occupied territory.Last Mod: 27 Eylül 2013, 12:59