300,000 attend Ramadan prayer at Al-Aqsa
Worshipers in their hundreds of thousands attended the third Friday prayer in the holy month of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on 3 August, despite Israeli attempts to prevent many from entering it by bureaucratic restrictions.
Israeli authorities have attempted to impose a cut-off age of men aged 40 years or under from the West Bank on entering Al-Aqsa during Ramadan. The mosque’s compound was, however, flooded by over 300,000 worshipers on Friday from Jerusalem and around the 1948 region of Palestine, who are not subject to the same restrictions as West Bank residents. Only West Bank men in their later years were able to join the crowd.
Israeli forces, many of them on horseback, patrolled the surrounding area, while an armed forces helicopter and hot air balloon maintained surveillance from the skies.
The Islamic Mufti Muhammad Hussein made a speech to those assembled, stating that the 144 acres that comprises the Al-Aqsa complex belonged only to the Muslims, as stated by Allah, despite Israeli attempts to make claims on it. He asked those in attendance to visit Al-Aqsa every day of the year in an effort to protect it