Tens of thousands pray in al-Aqsa Mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan

Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 | Silwanic | 02:07

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) —

Around 70,000 prayers gathered in al- Aqsa mosque to pray on the first Friday of Ramadan. Most of them were from Jerusalem, the Palestinians of the 48, and a few were from the West Bank.

The area was full of Israeli forces. They were on the gates of the old city and the Mosque, putting up steel barriers and using a hot-air balloon to film and supervise the delegations in al- Aqsa. The police also closed the main streets of Jerusalem and allowed only a few public buses to pass through, while clearing special streets for pedestrians.

On Friday, the Israeli police allowed men above 40 years of age who carried a West Bank ID to pray in Jerusalem without a permit.

The women didn’t have any age limit. Children had to be above 12 years old and must be accompanied by one of their parents.

The yards of al-Aqsa were prepared for men and women. They set up umbrellas outside to make more space for the prayers, and put ventilators in the yard to cool off the heat.

The Orator of al- Aqsa mosque said that people should use that month to end fights and conciliate with people, and stop bad habits that don’t suit Muslims. He invited the people to keep visiting al- Aqsa mosque during the month of Ramadan and the rest of the year.


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