OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM —Thousands of Palestinians performed Friday prayer in al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem.
Local sources said that 40,000 Palestinians managed to pray at al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday amid tight Israeli security measures.
The Israeli authorities prevented hundreds of West Bank Palestinians from entering Jerusalem to perform Friday prayer at al-Aqsa Mosque, according to the same sources.
A Palestinian reporter said that dozens of worshipers prayed in Bab al-Rahma area which was opened by the Palestinians two weeks ago following 16 years of Israeli closure.
Other worshipers performed Friday prayer at al-Asbat Gate in protest at Israeli orders banning dozens of Awqaf officials and Aqsa guards from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for different periods.
Al-Aqsa preacher called in his sermon on all Palestinians to visit al-Aqsa Mosque frequently and protect it from the Israeli aggressions.
The Israeli police at dawn Friday launched large-scale raids in Jerusalem arresting dozens of Palestinian activists and notables.
The campaign followed calls on the Palestinians to flock to al-Aqsa Mosque in large numbers and perform Friday prayer there in protest at the latest expulsion orders.