Israeli police escort Jews to flashpoint Jerusalem site

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police have escorted more than 250 Jewish visitors to a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem where police actions in recent weeks had ignited protests and violence that helped trigger war in Gaza. The Islamic Waqf overseeing the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound says police cleared young Palestinians out of the site and barred entry to Muslims under the age of 45. It says six Palestinians were arrested, with four later released. Israeli police denied there was any age restriction and said they arrested five people who “violated the public order.” It said the site was open for “regular visits.” A cease-fire halted the 11-day Gaza war early Friday. The U.N. said hundreds of homes in Gaza were completely destroyed in the conflict and many more were badly damaged.