The Israeli occupation authorities imposed even stricter measures than usual regarding the entry of Palestinian Muslims wishing to pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque for this Friday's prayers. According to Israel Radio, the Jerusalem Police Department imposed the restrictions following the receipt of "intelligence" about Palestinian plans for "unrest".
Only men over the age of 50 were allowed to perform their prayers in Al-Aqsa. No restrictions were imposed on Muslim women.
The police announced plans to deploy officers all over Jerusalem, in the Old City and in the mosque.