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200 Gazans pray at Al-Aqsa mosque

Jan. 15, 2016 11:44 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 15, 2016 7:58 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Some 200 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip traveled to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, an official with the Palestinian liaison department told Ma'an.

Israeli forces reportedly detained an Palestinian woman identified by locals as Mazyounah al-Shaer, 64, for several hours at the Erez crossing between Israel and the strip as she was on her way back from her visit to the holy site.

Friday's weekly visit was part of an ongoing agreement following the 2014 Gaza war, allowing 200 Gazans over the age of 60 to attend Friday prayers at the mosque compound before returning to Gaza immediately afterward.

Tensions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound played a major role in prompting the wave of unrest that swept the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of October last year.

In September, Israel enforced tight restrictions on Palestinians seeking to enter the mosque compound -- the third holiest site in Islam -- during a succession of Jewish holidays.
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