Hundreds perform the Friday Noon Prayer in the streets of Jerusalem and limited clashes and arrests
March 14, 2014

Thousands of Palestinians were prevented from performing the Friday Prayer in Al-Aqsa Mosque after the Israeli forces prevented men under the age of 40 from entering the Mosque under the pretext of “maintaining order”. The Israeli police suddenly announced on Friday morning that it will prevent men under the age of 40 (holders of Israeli IDs) from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform the Friday Prayer. The young men performed the prayer in the streets of Jerusalem leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque and at the gates of the Old City and Al-Aqsa. The police, borders police, Special Forces and Cavalry units were deployed in all areas where the prayer was held and the police blocked the intersections with iron barriers and police cars; they also used the water cannons against the worshipers. Clashes broke out at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque when several worshippers attempted to enter Al-Aqsa. Also, minor and limited clashes broke out in Wad Al-Joz and Al-Sowaneh and at the checkpoint of Shu’fat refugee camp; the forces arrested two children from Wad Al-Joz.