Palestinians participate within the first Friday prayers of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, exterior the Dome of the Rock on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest website, in Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis, on April 16, 2021. — AFP

JERUSALEM:  1000’s of Palestinians streamed to Al-Aqsa mosque in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem on the primary Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, within the largest such gathering for the reason that coronavirus pandemic.

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, head of the Waqf Islamic affairs council, mentioned he anticipated as many as 100,000 arrivals from Jerusalem, the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution and together with Arabs from Israel itself.

It will be the best variety of Ramadan worshippers at Al-Aqsa for the reason that outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic greater than a yr in the past, he advised AFP.

Final Ramadan, “They (Israeli authorities) didn’t enable anybody to enter Al-Aqsa aside from me.”

By early afternoon, Palestinian girls in headscarves and lengthy robes have been seated on the carpeted flooring of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound studying the Quran.

However regardless of the lifting of some coronavirus restrictions, the sprawling plaza of the compound was removed from full.

Cogat, the Israeli navy physique that administers the occupied territories, mentioned 10,000 vaccinated Palestinians have been issued permits to enter Jerusalem for prayers.

Police shut down roads round Jerusalem as busses loaded with of pilgrims drove in.

The Muslim prayers on the primary Friday of this yr´s Ramadan comply with tensions within the metropolis.

Israeli police spokesman Shimon Cohen mentioned seven individuals have been arrested in a single day in Palestinian neighbourhoods close to east Jerusalem´s Previous Metropolis, house of the mosque.

Palestinians collect for the primary Friday prayers of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, exterior the Dome of the Rock on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam´s third holiest website, in Jerusalem´s Previous Metropolis, on April 16, 2021. — AFP

These arrested had attacked a police officer, who required medical consideration for a head damage, and threw stones and glass bottles, he mentioned.

Video circulated on-line confirmed individuals kicking within the home windows of a police car in east Jerusalem, and officers firing stun grenades.

Earlier this week, Palestinians accused Israel of breaking into 4 mosque minarets and slicing wires to stop the decision for prayers from being broadcast on loudspeakers.

Mustafa Abu Sway of the Waqf council mentioned the motion got here after Islamic officers refused to show off loudspeakers Wednesday throughout a memorial for fallen Israelis on the adjoining Western Wall.

Jordan, the custodian of Islamic websites in Jerusalem, condemned what it referred to as Israel´s “blatant” violation of the established order and accused it of provocation. 

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