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In photos: Thousands pray at Aqsa mosque for Ramadan

July 3, 2015 7:11 P.M. (Updated: July 3, 2015 7:12 P.M.)
(MaanImages, Jerusalem Endowment)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Tens of thousands of Palestinians crossed into East Jerusalem to pray at Al-Aqsa mosque for the third Friday of Ramadan, although Israel prevented thousands more from reaching the holy site in the wake of several attacks on Israeli military and civilians.

Sheikh Azzan al-Khatib, general director of the Jerusalem Endowment, told Ma'an that some 200,000 Palestinians prayed at the mosque.

The number included 500 Gazans over the age of 50 who were given Israeli permission to travel to Jerusalem.

The Israeli authorities revoked last week's permits for Gazans after a rocket allegedly fired from the coastal enclave hit an open area in the western Negev earlier that week.

This week, the Israeli authorities prevented Palestinian women under the age of 30 and men under 50 from crossing into East Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank.

A preacher at Al-Aqsa, Sheikh Akrama Sabri, called on Palestinians to visit the mosque all through the year and for those are prevented entry because of checkpoints "to pray from where they are prevented entry."

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