Jerusalem crisis: Police cordons around Al-Aqsa Mosque as those aged under 50 barred

Police cordons in place around Al-Aqsa Mosque as those aged under 50 are banned

Protests have taken place at the site

Friday, July 28, 2017

Police cordons have been set up around some entrances to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and only those aged 50 or over are allowed to pass.

Israeli forces have increased security at the mosque today (July 28) over fears of violence similar to that which took place last week, according to The New Arab.

Last Friday (July 21) at least five Palestinians were killed and many more were injured in protests.

The decision to increase policing in Jerusalem was reportedly taken by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last night (July 27), after he spoke to the minister of security and the minister of homeland security.

There is also an increased deployment of Israeli forces in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem, Ramallah and Hebron as well as refugee camps in Silwan and Shuafat.

Despite the removal of Israeli security equipment, which had caused anger at the mosque, there were still problems yesterday (July 27).

Many were injured as Palestinian protesters and Israeli police clashed. Israeli forces had to remove large crowds from inside the mosque citing security concerns, but some Palestinians barricaded themselves inside.

Despite their attempts, Israeli police were still able to force those who had locked themselves inside to leave.