World

After talks with Kerry, Israel lifts age limit for Muslim men praying at Jerusalem holy site

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, center, arrive to give a press conference in Amman on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, to discuss the upsurge in violence in east Jerusalem and the West Bank following talks between Kerry, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  US Secretary of State John Kerry said that steps were agreed at talks in Amman to lower tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians. (AP Photo/Nicholas Kamm, Pool)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, center, arrive to give a press conference in Amman on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, to discuss the upsurge in violence in east Jerusalem and the West Bank following talks between Kerry, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. US Secretary of State John Kerry said that steps were agreed at talks in Amman to lower tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians. (AP Photo/Nicholas Kamm, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Palestinian demonstrator holding a national flag jumps during clashes with Israeli soldiers, outside the Ofer military prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Palestinian president on Tuesday accused Israel of provoking a "religious war" as new violence between the sides broke out in the West Bank, leaving a Palestinian man dead, amid mounting concerns that the long-running conflict is entering a new and dangerous phase. The new spate of violence comes amid rising tensions spawned by conflicting claims to the Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and the aftermath of this summer's bloody Gaza war, in which more than 2,100 Palestinians and 72 people on the Israeli side were killed. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    A Palestinian demonstrator holding a national flag jumps during clashes with Israeli soldiers, outside the Ofer military prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Palestinian president on Tuesday accused Israel of provoking a "religious war" as new violence between the sides broke out in the West Bank, leaving a Palestinian man dead, amid mounting concerns that the long-running conflict is entering a new and dangerous phase. The new spate of violence comes amid rising tensions spawned by conflicting claims to the Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and the aftermath of this summer's bloody Gaza war, in which more than 2,100 Palestinians and 72 people on the Israeli side were killed. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jordanian King Abdullah II, right, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Abbas' adviser Nabil Abu Rdeneh said Abbas was also scheduled to meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the Jordanian capital on Thursday, and would emphasize his concerns about alleged Israeli attempts to change the status quo at the Jerusalem holy site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    Jordanian King Abdullah II, right, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Abbas' adviser Nabil Abu Rdeneh said Abbas was also scheduled to meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the Jordanian capital on Thursday, and would emphasize his concerns about alleged Israeli attempts to change the status quo at the Jerusalem holy site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)  (The Associated Press)

Israeli police have lifted the age limit for Muslim men who want to pray at a contested holy site in Jerusalem that is sacred to both Jews and Muslims and where tensions have soared in recent weeks.

The development came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordan's King Abdullah II in an attempt to restore calm in Jerusalem.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says Muslim worshippers of all ages can visit the site for the traditional Friday prayers.

Police had banned Muslim men younger than 35 from praying at the site to try and quell violent protests by Palestinians there.

Samri says police are investigating claims that an 11-year-old Palestinian boy was injured during a protest Thursday in east Jerusalem.