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Fearing tensions, Israel bars non-Muslims from entering Jerusalem holy site during holiday

  • Palestinian children hold balloons during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims will slaughter cattle and goats later, with the beef and meat distributed to the needy in the holiday which honors the prophet Abraham for preparing to sacrifice his son on the order of God, who was testing his faith. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    Palestinian children hold balloons during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims will slaughter cattle and goats later, with the beef and meat distributed to the needy in the holiday which honors the prophet Abraham for preparing to sacrifice his son on the order of God, who was testing his faith. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinians pray during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims will slaughter cattle and goats later, with the beef and meat distributed to the needy in the holiday which honors the prophet Abraham for preparing to sacrifice his son on the order of God, who was testing his faith. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    Palestinians pray during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims will slaughter cattle and goats later, with the beef and meat distributed to the needy in the holiday which honors the prophet Abraham for preparing to sacrifice his son on the order of God, who was testing his faith. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian pray during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims will slaughter cattle and goats later, with the beef and meat distributed to the needy in the holiday which honors the prophet Abraham for preparing to sacrifice his son on the order of God, who was testing his faith. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    Palestinian pray during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims will slaughter cattle and goats later, with the beef and meat distributed to the needy in the holiday which honors the prophet Abraham for preparing to sacrifice his son on the order of God, who was testing his faith. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)  (The Associated Press)

Israeli police say they have barred all non-Muslims from entering a sensitive Jerusalem site during a major Muslim holiday.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says police decided to allow unrestricted Muslim prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for Thursday's Eid al-Adha celebrations and to bar all others from entering.

The site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, has been a flashpoint for violence in recent days.

Palestinians accuse Israel of restricting some access to the mosque while Jewish worshippers visited the site.

Tensions boiled over last week on the eve of the Jewish new year when Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the mosque and threw rocks and firecrackers at police. An Israeli man was also died in Jerusalem after Palestinians pelted his car with rocks.