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100,000 Worshippers Attend Friday Prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque Despite Repressive Israeli Measures

[ 05/08/2011 - 09:03 PM ]


Despite measures taken by the Israeli occupation government to limit the number of Palestinian worshipers reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan about 100 thousand (100,000) worshipers managed to reach the mosque and attend the Friday congregation.

Most of the worshipers are from the occupied city of Jerusalem and neighbouring areas as well as Palestinians from 1948-occupied Palestine who travelled to Jerusalem on coaches and other means. A number of worshipers from the West Bank, especially older people, managed to make it to the Mosque despite occupation restrictions.

Thousands of the Israeli occupation government policemen were deployed in the streets of the holy city and barred thousands of worshipers from reaching the Mosque.

Thousands of Palestinian worshipers aged under 50 gathered at the Qalandia roadblock after hearing news that worshipers from the West Bank will be allowed into Jerusalem on the first Friday of Ramadan, but could not cross into Jerusalem contrary to claims of Israeli war minister Ehud Barak that entry of worshipers to Jerusalem will be facilitated.

Only people over 50 years of age, residents of Jerusalem and Palestinians from 1948-occupied Palestine will be able to reach the Mosque.

IOF soldiers forcibly evacuate worshippers from Aqsa Mosque

[ 06/08/2011 - 09:30 AM ]


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the holy Aqsa Mosque at midnight Friday and forced Muslim worshippers out of it, the Quds media center said on its website on Saturday.

It said that the soldiers encircled the mosque then broke into it forcing all those inside to evacuate the holy site at the pretext of violating Israeli police orders that no Muslim should remain in the mosque after the late night prayers until the dawn prayers the next day.

The center noted that the Israeli security men inspect the holy site each night to ascertain that none remained inside then close all gates.

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