JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel Police restricted entry of Muslim men to the Temple Mount to those over the age of 50 in response to riots at the holy site two days ago.
The police also dispatched extra police units throughout the old city of Jerusalem on Friday morning.
Hamas reportedly called on Muslims to assemble Friday at the Al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount to “defend it.”
“We will fight till the last drop of blood,” Hamas reportedly said.
Masked Palestinian rioters on Wednesday threw rocks, concrete blocks and firebombs at police at the Mughrabi Gate entrance. Four policemen were injured during the violence and at least five protesters were arrested, according to Israel Police.