The director of Al-Aqsa, Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani, said today, Friday, that Israel prevents its people from reaching the blessed mosque to pray in it, while allowing settlers from far away to storm it.
Al-Kiswani explained, in a statement to Anadolu Agency, that Friday prayers today in the Al-Aqsa Mosque are limited to Palestinians who are residents of the Old City and the mosque guards only.
He added, “While the Israeli police justify their restrictions by preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, they allow settlers from far away to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
For the fourth consecutive Friday, the Israeli police prevented thousands of Palestinians from reaching Al Aqsa to perform prayers there.
According to the Anadolu Agency correspondent, the occupation police stopped worshipers at the entrances to the Old City in Jerusalem, and prevented non-residents from reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform prayers.
According to eyewitnesses, some worshipers who were prevented from entering the Old City performed Friday prayers near its walls.
The occupation police justified its move with the restrictions imposed by the government to limit the spread of the Corona virus.
Under the restrictions, which began more than 3 weeks ago, residents are prohibited from leaving their homes for a distance of more than one kilometer.
On Tuesday, the occupation government decided to extend the restrictions until the end of this month, and its police impose financial penalties on those it says violate the restrictions imposed under the closure.