Palestinian pray inside the Golden Gate near Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City [Ammar Awad/Reuters]

Israeli forces have beefed up security in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, following recent tensions surrounding the Bab al-Rahma prayer hall in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Palestinian sources said that more than 40,000 worshipers performed Friday prayers inside the compound on Friday, but 140 others have been banned by Israeli forces from accessing the site.

Speaking from occupied East Jerusalem, Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett said so far there has been a “relatively calm atmosphere”.

“There are expressions of solidarity for the

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