In pictures: Dawn and Noon Prayers in the streets of Jerusalem on Friday
The occupation turned the city of Jerusalem into a military camp since the early morning hours on Friday and deployed its forces and established iron barriers in the streets of the city and prevented young men from entering the Old City of Jerusalem to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Hundreds of Palestinian young men (under the age of 40) performed the Friday Dawn and Noon Prayers in the streets of Jerusalem and at the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque after they were prevented from reaching Al-Aqsa. Prayers were held in the neighborhoods of Ras Al-Amoud in Silwan, Wadi Al-Joz, Al-Musrara, Salah Eddin Street and near Dung Gate in addition to prayers held at Al-Aqsa gates. The occupation established iron barriers at Al-Aqsa gates that were left open (Lions’, Hutta, Al-Silsileh, Al-Majles and Al-Mathara) and checked IDs of young men and attempted to disrupt the entrance of some men that were over 40 years old. In the neighborhood of Ras Al-Amoud in Silwan, young men chanted for Al-Aqsa and Martyrs after the prayer was over and the occupation forces responded with sound grenades. They also raided “Hosh Abu Tayeh” and the neighborhood of “Abu Sway” in Silwan and fired sound grenades towards the houses and in the streets. Witnesses from Ras Al-Amoud said that the forces raided four houses in Hosh Abu Tayeh owned by Abu Tayeh, Arafeh and Tarweh families under the pretext of looking for stone-throwers. The forces confiscated two cell phones from Mohammad Arafat Abu Hammam (17) and Arafat Abu Hammam (35). The center was informed that the police checked the IDs of Abu Hammam and the 16-year old Ammar Atyeh and forced them to go to O’z police center in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber for interrogation. In the area of Al-Musrara (Damascus Gate), the forces arrested one young man after the Friday Noon Prayer was over. Also, the forces arrested Mohammad Abu Jamal, brother of Martyr Ala’, after raiding his house in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber.