In pictures: 200 thousand Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa
Nearly 200 thousand Muslim worshippers performed the third Friday Prayer of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa as the occupation’s checkpoints and restrictions prevented Palestinians from the West Bank (women under the age of 30 and men under the age of 50) from entering Jerusalem and praying at Al-Aqsa. Sheikh Ekrema Sabri called for all Palestinians to come to Al-Aqsa Mosque not only in Ramadan but all through the year to protect it from the ambitions of Israeli authorities and extremist Jewish groups of taking over Al-Aqsa. In a related matter, Fateh Movement in Jerusalem organized a sit-in at Al-Aqsa on the first anniversary of the Martyrdom of Mohammad Abu Khdeir. They also mourned the 17-year old Martyr Mohammad Sami Al-Kasbah from Qalandia refugee camp who was murdered by the commander of “Benjamin” settlement. The commander shot Al-Kasbah with cold blood when he was attempting to enter Jerusalem and pray at Al-Aqsa. Hamas Movement also organized a sit-in at Al-Aqsa in which Islamic banners were held in response to the calls of extremist Jewish groups to ban protests and raising flags and banners inside Al-Aqsa. The extremist groups of the “Alleged Temple” had requested the chief of police, Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Security to issue an order which bans sit-ins and raising flags and banners inside Al-Aqsa.