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Israeli restrictions prevent thousands from attending al-Aqsa Friday prayers

Israeli security forces stand guard while Palestinian Muslims perform the Friday Noon prayer on a street blocked by Israeli security forces in the east al-Quds neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud, on February 2, 2024. (Photo: AFP)

Israeli restrictions prevented thousands of Palestinians from holding Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, with officials saying only 13,000 of the faithful could enter the mosque's compound.

Over 50,000 Palestinians attend Friday prayers in the mosque on regular Fridays, according to the Islamic Endowments Department in al-Quds.  

The regime has imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinians into the mosque since it launched its brutal onslaught against Gaza. The regime's troops intensify those restrictions on Fridays.

Palestinian media reports said Israeli forces allowed only the elderly people to get inside the mosque.

Hundreds of Palestinians held prayers in the streets of the Old City of al-Quds amid the heavy presence of Israeli forces.

This was the 17th Friday since October 7, when Israel launched an intense bombing campaign that has turned much of Gaza to rubble and killed over 27,000 people, mostly women and children.

The regime's violence against Palestinians in al-Quds and the wider West Bank has escalated concurrent with the war on Gaza, with Palestinians saying over 6,600 Palestinians have been arrested so far during the period.

Israeli settlers have also launched many mob attacks on civilians in the West Bank.

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