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200 Gazans pray in the Al-Aqsa mosque

May 1, 2015 10:46 A.M. (Updated: May 1, 2015 12:31 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians from the Gaza Strip headed to Jerusalem Friday to perform prayers in the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Sources at the Palestinian liaison told Ma'an that 200 Gazans above the age of 60 headed to Jerusalem via the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.

Sources added that after performing prayers the 200 head back to the Gaza Strip Friday afternoon.

Weekly access to the Al-Aqsa 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 as 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.

Last month, over 10 Palestinians were temporarily banned from entering the compound while several more were detained. In the same time period, pre-planned visits for dozens of Gazans over 60 to pray in the mosque were postponed due to Jewish holiday of Pesach.

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