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Al-Aqsa Mosque almost empty for 17th Friday in row due to Israel restrictions

2 Feb 2024 - 18:00

Israeli restrictions have prevented tens of thousands of Palestinian Muslims from attending weekly Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque for the 17th Friday since the war began in the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu that the Mosque seemed almost empty of Muslim faithful due to Israeli restrictions.
The police have imposed restrictions on entering Al-Aqsa Mosque since the beginning of the war on Gaza on 7 October, 2023, but they are particularly strict on Fridays.
The Israeli police set up barriers at the entrances to the Old City and at the outer gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque and allowed only elderly people to pass.
Israeli restrictions forced hundreds of worshipers to perform prayers in the streets near the Old City.
The Israeli police were significantly deployed around the prayer sites, eyewitnesses said.
Israel has been imposing tight restrictions on worshipers since it launched a deadly military offensive against the Gaza Strip following a cross-border attack by Hamas in which Israel says 1,200 Israelis were killed.
However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.
At least 27,131 Palestinians have since been killed, mostly women and children, and 66,287 others injured, according to Palestinian health authorities.

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