Al-Aqsa Closing, Worshippers Pray Outside the Compound

Al-Aqsa Closing, Worshippers Pray Outside the Compound

ACTNews, JERUSALEM – The call for prayer no longer echoes inside Al-Aqsa Compound. The worshippers can no longer bow and prostrate inside the blessed mosque. On Tuesday evening (3/12), a number of Palestinian worshippers could be seen calling the azan on the roads outside the compound as the entrances were closed by Israeli police. They gathered in front of the locked Al-Asbat entrance, praying there until the Israeli authority opens the door, as reported by WAFA Palestinian News Agency.   

On Tuesday (3/12), Israeli police assaulted the worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque and closed its entrances. They hit, kicked and pushed the Palestinian worshippers. WAFA reported that two were hospitalized, eight were arrested including three women.

Firas Al-Dibs, spokesperson for Jerusalem Religious Endowment Authority, stated that Israel also attacked a number of religious figures several, including Al-Aqsa Mosque's Director Omar Kiswani and Sheikh Wasef al-Bakri, the acting supreme judge of Jerusalem's Islamic Courts. Al-Dibs further mentioned that Israeli police also arrested Palestinian civilians. "At least five Palestinians were arrested before being taken into custody for further investigation," al-Dibs said, as quoted from Al-Jazeera, Tuesday (3/12).

At night, the worshippers prayed their Isha prayer on the side of the road close to the Al-Aqsa Compound, but the Israeli Police kept expelling the worshippers, sometimes followed by gunshots, as reported by Aksi Cepat Tanggap partners in Jerusalem through the video that they sent.

The Palestinian presidency, government and officials have strongly condemned the Israeli escalation at the Muslim holy site warning of grave consequences if Israel continues to violate the sanctity of the holy place. In late February, the Palestinians and Jordanians protested against the closure of Al-Rahma Gate. The Israeli authority has banned a number of Palestinians, including religious figures, from entering the Sacred Compound ever since. []

Picture Sources: Quds News Network



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