The Latest: Iranians hold anti-Israel protest in Tehran
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments at a contested shrine in Jerusalem
Dozens of worshippers have staged an anti-Israel rally in Iran over stepped-up security measures by Israeli forces at a contested shrine in Jerusalem.
Chanting “Death to Israel” and “Death to America,” demonstrators in Tehran on Friday protested Israel’s security measures at the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.
Israeli police said Friday that men under the age of 50 will be barred from the shrine, which has been at the center of recent tensions.
Jordan’s attorney general has filed murder charges against an Israeli embassy guard in the shooting deaths of two Jordanians.
The guard left for Israel after the shooting, under the protection of diplomatic immunity.
State media said Friday that Attorney General Akram Masaadeh charged the guard with two counts of murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm.
The reports say Masaadeh called for the guard to be tried in Israel, and that Jordan would relay such a demand through diplomatic channels.
Israel’s prime minister welcomed the guard like a hero, suggesting a trial is unlikely.
Jordanian authorities have said the guard opened fire Sunday after a 16-year-old attacked him with a screw driver during a furniture delivery to the embassy. A Jordanian standing near the teen was also killed.
Israeli police say men under the age of 50 will be barred from a major Jerusalem shrine at the center of recent tensions.
Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the move comes after security assessments show Palestinians plan protests at the holy compound Friday. The site is sacred to both Muslims and Jews.
Rosenfeld says some Palestinians barricaded themselves inside Al-Aqsa Mosque overnight in order to join protests later. Police removed them after they refused to leave, he said.
Friday prayers are the highlight of the Muslim religious week. Thousands of Muslims from around Israel and Palestinian areas typically worship at the holy compound in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Muslims returned to pray at the site Thursday after Israel removed security devices at the entrances.