Tens of thousands of Muslims pray at Al Aqsa over Eid


Published: 2017-06-25 12:26

Last Updated: 2017-06-25 12:28

Al Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem. (Wikimedia Commons)
Al Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem. (Wikimedia Commons)
Roya News Source

Around 90 thousands Muslims held Eid prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Sunday morning, amid severe restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation army, according to Awqaf, the General Authority of Islamic Affairs.

“Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been arriving at Al-Aqsa Mosque since dawn today,” Awqaf said in a statement.

Israeli police were heavily deployed around the city of Jerusalem, particularly by the Old City and near the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to the statement. Additionally, worshipers inside the mosque were monitored by police, who set up a balloon with cameras to follow their movements.

In May, UNESCO criticised Israeli intervention in Jerusalem as a violation of international law. It reaffirms "the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls for the three monotheistic religions", while accusing Israel of taking actions that have "altered, or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City".