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Top Waqf official returns to Al-Aqsa after 40-day ban

April 7, 2019 11:48 A.M. (Updated: April 7, 2019 1:54 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Following a 40-day ban order from Israeli authorities, Waqf Council chairman, Sheikh Abd al-Athim Salhab, returned to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday.

Local sources confirmed that Salhab returned to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to perform prayers.

In early March, Salhab, along with other top Waqf officials, was banned by Israeli forces as a result of playing an important role in the reopening of the al-Rahma Gate (Mercy Gate), one of the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates, by opening the doors of the hall to allow worshipers to perform Friday prayers inside.

The al-Rahma Gate is a big building that lays to the east of the Al-Aqsa, the Israeli authorities sealed the building in 2003 as it was the headquarters of the Islamic Heritage Committee; Israel had said at the time that the building was being used for political activities. In 2017, an Israeli court ordered that the building be closed until a further notice.
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