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In Photos: 250,000 pray at Al-Aqsa

July 10, 2015 4:04 P.M. (Updated: July 10, 2015 5:37 P.M.)
(MaanImages)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians performed Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa mosque despite Israeli restrictions on entering Jerusalem, thegeneral director of Jerusalem Endowment and Al-Aqsa Affairs told Ma'an.

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are subject to severe limitations on movement into East Jerusalem, part of the occupied Palestinian territory, and Israel has historically made gestures ahead of and during Ramadan, partially easing restrictions at the start of this year's holy month in mid-June.

Israeli authorities implemented new restrictions on worshipers last week, allegedly in response to attacks targeting Israeli military and settlers, revoking the entry permits of hundreds set to travel.

Thousands of Palestinians headed to al-Aqsa from Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to pray. (MaanImages)

Women less than 30 years of age and men under 50 were prevented from entering Jerusalem. (MaanImages)

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, general director of Jerusalem Endowment and Al-Aqsa Affairs, told Ma'an that some 250,000 worshipers prayed in al-Aqsa on Friday. (MaanImages)

Muhammad Hussein said that Muslims coming to pray in A-Aqsa shows the Islamic nation that people are visiting and praying at the mosque despite the difficult conditions that they live and that Muslims will not let go of the holy site. (MaanImages)

Israeli forces deployed at a main checkpoint in northern Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank prevented hundreds of Palestinians from crossing into Jerusalem Friday morning, due to recently enforced entry restrictions based on age. (MaanImages)
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