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PA says Israel to allow worshipers to access Jerusalem for Ramadan

June 11, 2015 10:27 P.M. (Updated: June 11, 2015 10:27 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank announced a plan Thursday to facilitate Palestinians' movement to Jerusalem that was agreed upon with Israel for the holy month of Ramadan.

A PA committee said in a statement that it had been agreed upon with the Israeli side to give permits to Palestinians to visit relatives in Israel from June 17 to July 22, without determining specific ages for all weekdays except Friday and Saturday including those who are above 12.

The two sides agreed on allowing Palestinians between 35 and 40 to receive permits to pray in the Al-Aqsa mosque for the whole week, except Friday and Saturday, while men above 40 are only allowed on Fridays without permits, and women of all ages are allowed into the mosque without permits on Fridays. 

Palestinians, men and women, above the age of 40 will be allowed to apply for permits to visit relatives in the Gaza Strip but only if they are first-degree relatives.

It is expected that Palestinian buses will be allowed to enter Jerusalem on Fridays going from Ramallah to Damascus Gate and back.
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