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200 Gazans head to Aqsa for Friday prayers

Jan. 30, 2015 12:25 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2015 5:49 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two hundred Palestinians from the Gaza Strip headed to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday, Palestinian officials from the liaison office said.

The worshipers, who are all over 60, will return to Gaza by 4 p.m. after performing prayers at the holy site.

On Oct. 5, some 500 Palestinians in Gaza prayed at the mosque for the first time since 2007, having been prevented by Israel from traveling to Jerusalem since that time.

The decision to allow Gazans to travel to Al-Aqsa was reached as part of the ceasefire deal between Palestinian militant groups and Israel that ended the more than 50-day war over summer in which Israeli bombardment killed more than 2,200 Gazans.
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