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Tens of thousands of worshippers pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque despite Israeli obstacles

Tens of thousands of worshippers prayed Friday noon prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque despite Israeli occupation obstacles. The Islamic Waqf estimated the number of worshippers at around 70,000. The worshippers' arrival came despite the Israeli occupation forces' tight measures at checkpoints surrounding the occupied city of Jerusalem. The Israeli forces installed iron barriers in the streets of Jerusalem, the Old City, and the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque, stopping and checking the IDs of some worshippers. After Friday prayer, the worshippers performed absentee prayer for the souls of the martyrs of the Zionist massacres committed against citizens in Nablus and Jenin. Jerusalem figures had previously warned of the Israeli occupation policy with Netanyahu's government and extremist Itamar Ben Gvir to dry up the existence of the people of Jerusalem in the holy city. They noted that the occupation seeks to change the demographic reality in the Al-Aqsa Mosque to make the proportion of the Jerusalemite presence no more than 20%, indicating the demographic war sought by the extremist government. During the Friday sermon, the Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, greeted the souls of the martyrs and the steadfast women prisoners in Israeli jails. He called on Palestinians to unite in support of the prisoners' cause and to stand as one to protect Islamic sanctities, which are exposed to conspiracy from the international community. He stressed the importance of remaining steadfast and traveling to Al-Aqsa Mosque and rebuilding it at all times, especially in the month of Ramadan, which is a month of worship and faith in Islam. He warned against attempts to demonize this holy month.



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