Israel lifts al-Aqsa restrictions

Restrictions on access lifted after more than a week of tensions at religious site.

    Muslim worshippers over the age of 50 had been barred from the site for the past one week [AFP]

    Tensions

    The latest tensions exploded into violence on September 27, when Palestinians hurled rocks at a group of visitors whom they suspected of being rightwing Jewish extremists.

    in depth

      Jerusalem's religious heart
      Jerusalem's myriad divisions
      Redefining the holy city's past
      Video: Praying for al-Aqsa access
      Video: Jerusalem remains an obstacle

    Police, who responded with stun grenades, said the group was made up of French tourists.

    The incident came in the midst of a month in which Jews mark three of their most important holidays.

    Suspicions were rife among Palestinians that Jewish worshippers would try to pray at the revered site during this period.

    The Jewish holiday period ended on Saturday.

    The site of al-Aqsa is the holiest place in Judaism and third holiest in Islam, and any perceived change in the status quo there has often led to outbreaks of deadly violence.

    In September 2000, the second Palestinian uprising, or intifada, erupted after Ariel Sharon, a rightwing politician who went on to become Israel's prime minister, visited the site.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    All Hail The Algorithm

    All Hail The Algorithm

    A five-part series exploring the impact of algorithms on our everyday lives.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.