Palestinians flock to Jerusalem to attend first Friday prayer of Ramadan

West Bank residents crossed on Friday the checkpoints separating them from Jerusalem on their way to Ramadan’s first Friday prayers at al-Aksa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.

The Aksa compound includes the octagonal Dome of the Rock, which was built by Jerusalem’s Arab conquerors in 691 on the spot where Muslims say the Prophet Mohammad began his night Journey to heaven.

Like in previous years, Palestinian police worked alongside Israeli border police to control the crowd at Kalandiya, Ramallah’s checkpoint and at Bethlehem checkpoint.


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