Friday, May 17, 2019

East Jerusalem: Muslims crowd into Al-Aqsa Mosque for Ramadan Friday's prayers 5/17/2019

Tens of thousands of Palestinian Muslim worshippers from East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Arab villages across Israel attended Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem on the second Friday of the Holy month of Ramadan. Worshippers made their way to the religious site through East Jerusalem and via Qalandia military checkpoint, amid high security. Men over 40, children under 13 and women of all ages were allowed to enter East Jerusalem without permits, while men under 40 were banned from entering the city. Israeli authorities intensified police's presence in different parts of Jerusalem's Old City as well as around the alleys leading to the mosque compound, which is the third holiest site in Islam.

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