Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray outside Jerusalem's old city overlooking the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on July 28, 2017. AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI
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Israel barred men under 50 from Friday prayers at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site after two weeks of tensions and deadly unrest, leading thousands of Palestinian nationals to hold mass prayers outside.Dozens of young Palestinians shouted and protested near one entrance to the compound and minor scuffles broke out with police.Tensions at the holy site were high -- even after thousands of worshippers returned to the compound on Thursday, ending a boycott over new security measures set up following an attack that killed two policemen.Roads around Jerusalem's Old City, where the compound is located, were closed and some 3,500 police were deployed.Thousands of worshippers had earlier Thursday streamed into the compound for afternoon prayers for the first time in two weeks, ending a boycott after Israel removed controversial new security measures, installed after a July 14 attack killed two policemen.Deadly unrest had erupted in the days after the new measures were introduced, with clashes breaking out around the compound and in the West Bank, leaving six Palestinian nationals dead.
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