Israeli police clashed with Palestinians after Muslim men under the age of 40 were barred from attending Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. The mosque is considered the third holiest site in Islam. Israel has pledged to maintain Muslim prayer rights at al-Aqsa but, citing security concerns, has frequently banned young Muslim men from entering the area, which it captured when it seized East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967.

Israeli police said Palestinians tried to break through a security block near the Lions Gate and were prevented from doing so using riot dispersal means. Police also distributed a video said to show a Palestinian youth throwing firebombs at Israeli police forces inside the alleyways of the old city.

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An Israeli border policeman uses pepper spray on a Palestinian man during clashes in JerusalemAmmar Awad/Reuters
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2 October 2015: An Israeli policeman stands guard as Palestinians, who were prevented from entering the al-Aqsa mosque compound pray at the Lion Gate of Jerusalem's Old CityThomas Coex/AFP
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2 October 2015: Israeli security forces clash with Palestinian protesters who were prevented from entering the al-Aqsa mosque compound to attend Friday prayersAhmad Gharabli/AFP
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2 October 2015: An Israeli border guard who was injured during clashes with Palestinian protesters awaits treatment at Jerusalem's Old City Lion Gate outside the al-Aqsa mosque compoundAhmad Gharabli/AFP

Tensions have continued to flare between Israelis and Palestinians over the Jerusalem site known to Jews as the Temple Mount, home to the biblical Temples, and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, site of the al-Aqsa mosque and the spot from where the Prophet Muhammad is said to have ascended to heaven.

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27 September 2015: A masked Palestinian man peeks out from the inside of the al-Aqsa mosqueAhmad Gharabli/AFP
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27 September 2015: Masked Palestinians prepare stones inside Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosqueAhmad Gharabli/AFP
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28 September 2015: Israeli security forces react as Palestinians throw stones from inside the al-Aqsa mosque compoundAhmad Gharabli/AFP
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An Israeli police officer take position on the roof of the al-Aqsa mosque during clashes with PalestiniansAmir Cohen/Reuters
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28 September 2015: A member of the Israeli security forces scuffles with a man in an alley near the al-Aqsa mosque compoundAhmad Gharabli/AFP
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28 September 2015: Turkish tourists take cover during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police near the entrance of the al-Aqsa mosque compoundAhmad Gharabli/AFP
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29 September 2015: A Palestinian woman protests in front of Israeli security forces near the Al-Aqsa mosque compoundAhmad Gharabli/AFP
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29 September 2015: A Palestinian protester returns a tear gas canister to Israeli troops during clashes near the occupied West Bank city of RamallahMohamad Torokman/Reuters
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29 September 2015: Medics evacuate a wounded Palestinian man during clashes near the occupied West Bank city of RamallahMohamad Torokman/Reuters
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29 September 2015: Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron during clashes over tension in Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosqueMussa Qawasma/Reuters
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29 September 2015: A Palestinian youth throws a stone at Israeli security forces in Bethlehem during clashes over the Al-Aqsa mosque compoundMusa al-Shaer/AFP

Israel deployed hundreds of troops in the West Bank after a drive-by shooting by suspected Palestinian gunmen killed a Jewish settler couple driving home with their children near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik. The shots killed Eitam and Naama Henkin, residents of the Jewish West Bank settlement of Neria. Their four young children, including a four-month-old infant, were in the back seat of the car, but were unharmed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack and said it was the result of Palestinian incitement. Palestinian Islamist group Hamas praised the attack as a "heroic operation carried out by resistance fighters in the West Bank". A torched Palestinian car was found near Ramallah, next to graffiti reading in Hebrew "Revenge, Heinkin family", referring to the surname of the murdered couple.

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2 October 2015: Mourners stand beside the grave of Eitam and Na'ama Henkin after their funeral at a cemetery in JerusalemBaz Ratner/Reuters
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2 October 2015: A Jewish settler holds his weapon near the site where an Israeli couple was shot deadAbed Omar Qusini/Reuters
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2 October 2015: A boy looks at a burnt-out car belonging to Palestinians in Beit Ilu village near the occupied West Bank city of RamallahMohamad Torokman/Reuters
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2 October 2015: Palestinians sit outside their home that has been with Hebrew graffiti reading 'vengeance, Henkin'Abbas Momani/AFP