Israeli police deploy in force for Ramadan

AFP , Friday 5 Aug 2011

Israeli police deployed in force in Jerusalem's Old City, a spokesman said, after access was limited to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound ahead of the first Friday prayers during Ramadan

More than 2,000 police and border guards "were deployed in Jerusalem," according to a police spokesman, adding access was blocked to the esplanade for Muslim men under the age of 45.

Access to the complex was also denied for West Bank Palestinians under the age of 35, the spokesman said, adding the measures were imposed as a precaution due to the risk of violence.

"Forty thousand Palestinians have arrived in Jerusalem since Friday morning to take part in prayers at the esplanade," said Guy Inbar, a military spokesman.

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