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300,000 worshipers attend Friday prayers at Aqsa despite Israeli restrictions

[ 27/09/2008 - 03:56 PM ]


Despite Israeli occupation forces restrictions at roadblocks around the Holy City of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, 300,000 Muslim worshippers managed to attend the last Friday prayer of Ramadan, at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Thousands of West Bank Palestinians were denied entry into Jerusalem to attend the prayers at Al-Aqsa forcing them to perform their prayers in the open at the respective roadblocks. Three young men and a girl were arrested at Qalandia roadblock as they tried to cross into Jerusalem.  

During Ramadan, Palestinians from various districts try to attend Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, specially the last Friday in Ramadan.

Worshipers filled the two main mosque buildings in Al-Aqsa compound, that of the Aqsa Qibli Mosque and the Dome of the Rock Mosque, the Marwani Mosque underground, and all of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound plazas and courts.

Thousands of Israeli occupation policemen were deployed in the occupied city and at gates leading to the Mosque and checked identity cards of Palestinians on their way to the Mosque.

An estimated 150,000 worshipers remained at the Mosque to perform the night prayers on Friday night which is also a special night this Ramadan as it falls on the 26 of Ramadan (the night of 27 Ramadan), which is the night of the revelation of the Quran, known as the night of Qadr.

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