Is­rael bars Pales­tini­ans from Jerusalem Old City

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Is­rael took the rare and dras­tic step of bar­ring Pales­tini­ans from Jerusalem’s Old City on Sun­day as ten­sions mounted fol­low­ing at­tacks that killed two Is­raelis and wounded a child.

The re­stric­tions will be in place for two days, with only Is­raelis, tourists, res­i­dents of the area, busi­ness own­ers and stu­dents al­lowed, po­lice said.

Wor­ship at the sen­si­tive AlAqsa mosque com­pound will be lim­ited to men aged 50 and above. There will be no age re­stric­tions on women, and wor­ship­pers will be al­lowed to en­ter through one spe­cific gate.

The Pales­tinian gov­ern­ment de­nounced “Is­raeli es­ca­la­tion” af­ter the an­nounce­ment of the ban, which Is­raeli Public Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Gi­ladEr­dan called un­prece­dented.

Some 300,000 Pales­tini­ans live in Is­raeli-an­nexed east Jerusalem, where the Old City is lo­cated.

Clashes in the East Jerusalem neigh­bour­hood of Is­sawiya. (Reuters)

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