Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Israeli police have announced the lifting of restrictions that prevented access to the Al-Aqsa mosque for men under 45.
The announcement should allow everyone to Temple Mount for Friday prayers, but it is unclear whether the prohibition was lifted only for today.
The restrictions were imposed in September, following violent clashes at checkpoints at the base of the Temple Mount.
The decision seems to be related to diplomatic activity aimed at reducing the tension that gave birth to the "intifada of knives". In the latest incident an Israeli soldier was wounded this morning in a stabbing near the Gevaot settlement. The soldier and his assailant were lightly wounded, and both have been hospitalized.
The three Palestinian assailants opened fire at 7 am, injuring the three Israeli policemen. The attackers, whose identities are still unknown, were shot dead..
Violence started at the end of the evening prayer. Worshippers prayed outside the mosques in protest against the presence of metal detectors. Fatah called for the "Day of rage".