(In Palestine Today)- The Israeli police prevented on Friday the non-residents of the Old City in Jerusalem from reaching the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Friday prayer under the pretext of lockdown imposed by the Israeli government.
The Israeli police deployed barriers and tightened their procedures at the Damascus Gate and the rest of the gates and prevented worshipers from accessing Al-Aqsa.
Dozens of worshipers performed Friday prayer in the Misrara neighborhood, due to the restrictions of the occupation police in the vicinity of the Old City and al-Amud Gate.
The occupation police continue to prevent the worshipers’ convoys coming from the 1948 occupied lands for the second week in a row from praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the pretext of closure.
The Israeli police imposed fines on violators and set up barriers to impede the arrival of worshipers.
During the Friday sermon, the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Yusef Abu Sneina, called for lifting the blockade on the Old City and the Al-Aqsa Mosque because the coronavirus exists everywhere not only in Al-Aqsa and the Old City.
Abu Sneina confirmed that Jerusalem and the Old City must be open to the people, adding that it is not appropriate to besiege the city of Jerusalem. He called on Jerusalemites to protect their land and Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The preacher pointed out that closing Al-Aqsa Mosque increases the burden on the Jerusalemites. He stressed that the Palestinian officials should exert all possible efforts to re-open the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the worshipers.