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In photos: Palestinians pray in Jerusalem streets amid restrictions

Oct. 2, 2015 6:47 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2015 3:53 P.M.)
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinians performed Friday prayers across the streets of occupied East Jerusalem as Israel banned those under the age of 50 from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound during the Jewish Sukkot holiday.

Israeli authorities deployed special forces, police, border guards and intelligence across the streets of East Jerusalem and throughout the Old City, witnesses said.

Palestinians prayed at gates in Jerusalem's Old City near to the compound as well as in the neighboring Wadi al-Joz neighborhood.

At the Lions Gate, witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces suppressed worshipers by using pepper spray and firing stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.

At the Chain Gate, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail and took him to a detention center for interrogation, witnesses added.

An Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.

Restrictions to the holy site have been imposed by Israeli authorities on Palestinians for several days this week, as right-wing Israeli groups tour the compound for the Sukkot holiday.

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, head of the Islamic Waqf which runs Al-Aqsa, told Ma'an on Wednesday:"Al-Aqsa has become a detention center and not a mosque. It has been turned into a military barrack, it has been surrounded by soldiers for four days."

As thousands of Jewish Israelis come to the holy city for the holiday, surrounding Palestinian neighborhoods have seen nightly detention raids and road closures by Israeli forces.

Earlier this week, locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided the Palestinian village of Shufat, removing Palestinian flags flying from homes and stores and threatening to impose fines on anyone who raised the flag across Jerusalem.

Restrictions on Palestinian access to Al-Aqsa and the crackdown across East Jerusalem has sparked waves of demonstrations in recent weeks across the occupied West Bank, which is currently under lock down after two Israeli settlers were killed Thursday.
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Comments
Bill / USA
Eventually they will get used to Jews praying on the Temple Mount.
02/10/2015 19:59
Joe Fattal / USA
Maybe while they praying they can add a small prayer to the Israeli military standing there looking stupid. And they wondering with the Palestinians are revolting.
02/10/2015 20:04
livingstone jacob / south africa
Its tragic what's happening in palestine , why is isreali solders treating palestianian people as subhumans, the rights to religions freedom is unversal the incidents remainds me of apartheid when we also praying on the streets don't worry god will listen to your prayers
02/10/2015 22:21
spb / usa
why no charge them visa fee for visiting the Jewish capital?
03/10/2015 14:51
Jade / Canada
Praying for what? Peace ? Or hate and destruction. Palestinians are a sad stubborn people
03/10/2015 21:11
Lior Israel / Israeli zion
To Jacob your name is from the oldest bible book that is from the Jewish people. They not allowed to get in to Al Aktza because they throw stones fireworks molotov bottleso on police Jews and Christians.
04/10/2015 08:34
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