Damascus Gate at sunset.(Photo: MaanImages/Anna Kokko)
Damascus Gate at sunset.(Photo: MaanImages/Anna Kokko)

Jerusalem (Al-Quds), 16 Ramadhan 1436/3 Juli 2015 (MINA) – Israel will deploy thousands of police officers, border guards, and special forces in East Jerusalem on Friday as Palestinians head to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for prayers.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said preparations for the thousands of worshipers will begin at dawn.

Between 6.30 a.m. and 5 p.m. roads around the Old City, Wadi al-Joz, Nablus road, and Salah al-Din street will be closed, Ma’an News Agency reports as quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).

New restrictions imposed on Tuesday will be in place, meaning women aged between 16 and 30 will need permits to enter Jerusalem.

The same applies for men aged 30-50, while those under the age of 12 and over 50 can enter without a permit.

The announcement was made after several attacks targeting Israeli military and settlers.

Ramadan often offers a rare opportunity for Palestinians to visit East Jerusalem, part of the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel, as entry to the city remains strictly limited during the rest of the year.

Over 350,000 worshipers performed Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa mosque last Friday. (T/P010/R04)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)

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