Thousands of Palestinian worshippers have failed to perform the weekly prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday due to Israeli restrictions in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).
Hundreds of Palestinian youths were forced to pray in the streets after they were denied access into the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli forces, according to Anadolu Agency reporter.
The Israeli army has imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshippers into the mosque, allowing only those over 50 into the worship place.
On Friday, Israeli authorities deployed hundreds of soldiers in Al-Quds and set up barricades at the entrances of the Old City.
Tension has been high in Al-Quds over plans by the Israeli Knesset (parliament) to hold a debate on imposing Israeli oversight on the holy sites in Al-Quds.
By Abdel-Rauf Arnaout