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Demonstrations in Jerusalem Erupt After Al-Aqsa Blockade

Israeli police ordered an age limit for entry to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayers, restricting access from men below age 50. Roughly 4,000 worshippers attended midday prayers at Al-Aqsa on Friday, in contrast to thousands more seen on other Fridays.

In the photo above, Palestinians pray as Israeli police officers stand guard during Friday prayers in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz on Oct. 31, 2014.

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Palestinians take part in an anti-Israel rally over the entry restrictions to the al-Aqsa mosque, in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is considered to be the third-holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina. In Judaism the location is known as the Temple Mount, believed to be where King Solomon's Temple stood, and is considered the holiest site for Jews.

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A Palestinian man prays near Israeli police during Friday prayers in Wadi al-Joz.

The restrictions on Al-Aqsa Mosque are the first of their kind in 14 years. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas described the closure as a "declaration of war." Israeli authorities claimed to be taking preventative measures after a Palestinian suspect of an attempted assasination was killed was shot dead on Thursday.

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Many Palestinian men restricted from entering Al-Aqsa demonstrated by praying in the street in front of an Israeli police blockade.

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Friday's demonstrations had violent flareups, with Palestinian protesters using Molotov cocktails against Israeli police.

Atef Safadi / EPA

Israeli anti-riot policemen prevent a Palestinian man under the age of 50 to enter the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for the Friday prayer in Jerusalem's Old City.

Gali Tibbon / AFP

Palestinians roll tires down a hill onto a main road on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Hebron, as they prepare to face Israeli security forces in a clash following Friday prayers.

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A Palestinian throws a burning tire during clashes with Israeli troops at Kalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Majdi Mohammed / AP