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190 Gazans pray in Aqsa mosque

June 5, 2015 12:42 P.M. (Updated: June 5, 2015 12:42 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an ) -- Nearly 200 Gazans headed to Jerusalem to perform Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque early Friday.

Sources at the Palestinian liaison told Ma'an that 190 Palestinians above the age of 60 left the coastal enclave via the Erez crossing into Israel to visit to the Aqsa compound, regarded by many Muslims as the third-holiest site in Islam.

Weekly access to the mosque by Gazans has become routine since October 2014 when 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 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.

Friday's worshipers will return to the Gaza Strip right after Friday prayers before the Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza closes for the weekend.

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