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Israeli forces prevent Palestinian Muslims from evening prayers

May 8, 2019 10:57 A.M. (Updated: May 9, 2019 3:16 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police forces sealed off the Silwan neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, at the same time of Tarawih evening prayers and Iftar, after which Muslims break their daily Ramadan fast, on Tuesday.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that Palestinian residents were surprised to find that Israeli forces sealed off the Silwan neighborhood and set up iron barriers on the roads.

Israeli forces prevented Palestinians from passage on foot and via vehicle as it was time for Muslims to return home for Iftar on the second day of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

The center confirmed that the seal off resulted in a major traffic jam.

The center added that Israeli forces also sealed off the al-Ayn Street and the street leading to the Moroccan Gate, which is one of the gates in the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, as Muslims made their way to the Al-Aqsa Msoque to perform Tarawih prayers.

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