More than 100 thousand attend Friday prayers at the Aqsa Mosque

[ 05/08/2011 – 09:03 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Despite measures taken by the occupation to limit the number of Palestinian worshipers reaching the Aqsa Mosque on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan about 100 thousand worshipers managed to reach the mosque and attend the Friday congregation.

Most of the worshipers are from the occupied city of Jerusalem and neighbouring areas as well as Palestinians from 1948-occupied Palestine who travelled to Jerusalem on coaches and other means. A number of worshipers from the West Bank, especially older people, managed to make it to the Mosque despite occupation restrictions.

Thousands of Israeli occupation policemen were deployed in the streets of the holy city and barred thousands of worshipers from reaching the Mosque.

Thousands of Palestinian worshipers aged under 50 gathered at the Qalandia roadblock after hearing news that worshipers from the West Bank will be allowed into Jerusalem on the first Friday of Ramadan, but could not cross into Jerusalem contrary to claims of Israeli war minister Ehud Barak that entry of worshipers to Jerusalem will be facilitated.

Only people over 50 years of age, residents of Jerusalem and Palestinians from 1948-occupied Palestine will be able to reach the Mosque.


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