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125,000 Palestinians Attend Friday Prayer at the Aqsa Mosque Despite Israeli Restrictions


At least 125,000 Palestinian worshipers performed the third Friday prayer of the holy month of Ramadan at Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem, despite Israeli restrictions.

According to the Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem, around 125,000 Muslims performed the Friday prayer today at the holy shrine.

Tens of thousands of worshipers headed to the holy site since the morning hours, bypassing Israeli military restrictions and checkpoints.

A heavy contingent of Israeli police was deployed at the entrances, surroundings, and alleys of the city, as well as at the external gates of the Aqsa Mosque.

Sheikh Yusuf Abu Sneineh, the preacher of the Aqsa Mosque, confirmed, in his Friday sermon, that the Aqsa Mosque is a pure right for Muslims only, stressing the complete rejection of the ongoing Israeli Judaization plans.

Abu Sneineh called on the Palestinian people to intensify their presence at the Aqsa Mosque and confront the Judaization plans.

Israeli authorities also imposed more restrictions on West Bankers’ entry to the Aqsa Mosque compound.

Thousands of Israeli police officers were deployed across the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Earlier Friday, thousands of Jerusalemites performed the Fajr prayer at the Aqsa Mosque despite the Israeli security restrictions at its gates.

A group of Jerusalemite campaigners and activists earlier called for performing the Great Fajr prayer on Friday in the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards and staying at the holy site to demand lifting the siege imposed on it.