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Israeli forces lock down Old City

Sept. 24, 2010 at 6:49 PM

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Israeli forces say they locked down East Jerusalem Friday, keeping Palestinians under 50 from entering the al-Aqsa Mosque to prevent further clashes.

The increased security follows violence that erupted in several areas near Jerusalem's Old City after an Israeli guard killed a Palestinian man Wednesday, the Kuwait News Agency, KUNA reported Friday.

Israeli forces closed all except for three gates of al-Aqsa Mosque, checking identification of worshipers as they allowed them to enter.

Israeli authorities say banning younger men from the mosque area cuts down the likelihood of violence.

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