Palestinians gather at Al Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayer

Thousands of Palestinians from West Bank gather in Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem for Friday prayer amid Israeli security crackdown

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Israeli Forces let Palestinian women and men over 40-year-old pray Juma (Friday) prayer in Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

An entry permit was essential to all mosque goers, issued by Israeli security authorities.

According to Anadolu Agency, about 200,000 of Palestinians coming from Jerusalem and West Bank gathered in front of the Israeli security checkpoints.

Dozens of young men under the age of 40 who could not have access to Aqsa climbed the Israeli Separation wall between Jerusalem and the Ramallah to reach the Mosque and pray  the second Friday prayer in Ramadan.

Iyad Kareem, 55-year-old Palestinian man, waiting in Qalandia checkpoint said, “Only a few metres that separate us from Jerusalem and still they They prevented us from reaching Al Aqsa Mosque all the year, and letting us enter there, but for a specified ages, only in this day to say they are tolerant,” according to Al Jazeera.

Earlier, the Israeli Army decided to prevent all Gazan people from praying in the Aqsa Mosque as a response to a shelling on the Southern of Israel this week. The source of the shelling, which caused no damages, is unknown.

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