Israeli police beefed up the security presence on the streets of Jerusalem as thousands of worshippers have begun to arrive in the early hours of the morning for prayers at the Noble Sanctuary known to Jews as the Temple Mount, which houses - Islam's third holiest shrine. Many Palestinians residing across the West Bank find access to Jerusalem is denied, due to Israeli army restrictions on access and movement. Palestinians call the restrictions collective punishment that has hit their economy and made travel difficult. They complain that access to holy sites, especially during the month of Ramadan, should be guaranteed by Israel, which has occupied Arab East Jerusalem and its Old City since 1967.
Israel says these restrictions are imposed for security in order to prevent attacks against the religious shrines.
Written and Presented by Ann Salter