Israel barred Palestinians from entering Jerusalem’s Old City

Oct 5, 2015 15:16 IST

Israeli Police on 4 October 2015 barred Palestinian residents of Jerusalem from entering the Old City. The unprecedented action was taken after two Israelis were stabbed to death by Palestinians.

The Old City restrictions will be in place for two days, but Israelis, tourists, residents of the area (including Palestinians), business owners and students will be allowed to visit the city. The two-day closure was intended to protect visitors arriving to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

According to the order, worship at the sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound, which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims, will be limited to men aged 50 and above. There will be no age restrictions on women.

According to reports, around three lakh Palestinians live in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, where the Old city is located.

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