Israel announces restrictions on Palestinian entry to Al-Aqsa during Ramadan – Middle East Monitor

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Israel has announced various restrictions on Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan regarding entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Anadolu News Agency reports.

“Women of all ages, male children up to 12 years old, and men over 55 years old will be allowed to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan without permission,” said the coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories , Maj. Gen. Ghassan Alyan, said in a statement on Monday.

Israel will “impose a permit on men between the ages of 45 and 55”, he said.

The Israeli official also said that “security approval” is required for Palestinians in the West Bank to visit their relatives in the 48 territories, or for foreigners to visit their relatives in the West Bank.

He emphasized that “working hours will be increased at the various West Bank crossings during the month of Ramadan.”

Regarding the Gaza Strip, according to the statement, Israel imposed a “limited quota” for women aged 50 and over, and for men aged 55 and over, from Sunday to Thursday, to enter in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Tensions have been rising across the occupied West Bank in recent months, amid repeated Israeli military raids on Palestinian towns.

Nearly 90 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the beginning of this year, according to Palestinian figures. Fourteen Israelis were killed in separate attacks during the same period.

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