Access to Temple Mount restricted


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli police have restricted Muslim access to the Temple Mount over fears of more violence.

On Monday, police allowed only Muslim men above the age of 50 and all women access to the Temple Mount. No other visitors are being permitted, according to reports. It is not known when the restriction will be lifted.

An extra large police force is patrolling Jerusalem, especially the area around the Temple Mount. Police fear new violence will break out by both Arab and Jewish extremists as Passover begins, according to reports.

Violence broke out earlier this month at the Temple Mount and throughout the Old City of Jerusalem over the reopening of a synagogue in the Jewish Quarter.   

The army also imposed a closure on the West Bank until the end of the holiday.

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