In pictures…praying in the streets of Jerusalem after preventing the young men from entering Al-Aqsa
The occupation authorities prevented thousands of Palestinian citizens under the age of 40 from performing the Noon Prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Israeli forces turned the city of Jerusalem into a “Military Barracks” since the early morning hours and hundreds of Special Forces individuals and borders police were deployed in the streets of the city and all the roads leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque; they also closed several intersections and roads using iron barriers and red tape. Hundreds of Palestinians performed the Noon Prayer in the streets (at the last point they could reach) and the soldiers tried to ban people from praying in Wad Al-Joz and near Lions Gate which resulted in minor clashes between the young men and Israeli forces but the young men insisted on praying. Prayers were carried out in Salah Eddin Street, Damascus Gate, Wad Al-Joz, Lions Gate and the closed gates of Al-Aqsa. The courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque looked empty of worshippers due to the restrictions imposed on people entering Al-Aqsa. After the Friday Prayer was over, limited clashes broke out in the neighbourhood of Ras Al-Amoud between the young men and Israeli soldiers who assaulted a Jerusalemite while he was inside his house.