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Israel closes Al-Aqsa, open sit-in declared in compound

July 27, 2018 5:19 P.M. (Updated: July 31, 2018 2:22 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces closed off gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday afternoon preventing Palestinians from entering the site.

Head of the Al-Aqsa Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani declared open sit-in at all gates of the mosque in protest against closure

Israeli forces led by Nir Barakat, Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, raided the al-Qibli mosque -- the main mosque where Muslim worshipers perform prayers-- located inside the Al-Aqsa.

Hundreds of Palestinian worshipers performed Asr (afternoon) prayers at the Lions Gate in protest.

Israeli forces had raided the compound earlier on Friday firing stun grenades at worshipers.

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