Friday, 14 March 2014

Worshipers prevented from entering Al Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayers

Israeli occupation forces, on Friday, prevented Palestinian men under the age of 40 from entering the al-Aqsa Mosque to observe the Friday prayer.

Israeli police had distributed a statement, earlier, announcing that men who are less than 40 years old would be banned from entering the mosque, the PNN reports.

Israeli authorities deployed its troops in various cities of Jerusalem, especially in the Old City, and in the vicinity of al-Aqsa Mosque and its main entrances. more

Gaza truce appears to be holding

JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A truce declared by Gaza militants appeared to be holding on Friday with the Israeli military reporting no fresh rocket fire during the night after two days of tit-for-tat violence.

"It's all quiet, there has been no fire overnight," an army spokesman said at 8:00 a.m.

Islamic Jihad announced Thursday that an Egyptian-brokered truce on the Israel-Gaza border had been restored after Israeli warplanes pounded the territory in response to a barrage of rocket fire by its militants.

But the truce, which was to have taken effect at 12:00 GMT on Thursday, was tested when the Israeli military reported further rocket fire from Gaza hours later and launched retaliatory air strikes for a second night.

"Israel Air Force aircraft targeted four terror sites in the southern Gaza Strip and three additional terror sites in the northern Gaza Strip," a military statement released around midnight said.

Witnesses and Palestinian security officials said the targets included facilities near Gaza City used by the military wing of Hamas. more