TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Tens of thousands of Palestinian worshippers converged on Al-Aqsa Mosque in al-Quds (Jerusalem) to mark the last Friday of the Ramadan fasting month.
“An estimated 260,000 Palestinian worshipers showed up to pray at Al-Aqsa for the last Friday of Ramadan,” Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director-general of Jerusalem’s Waqf Agency said, according to Anadolu Agency.
Israeli police, meanwhile, stepped up security at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, deploying hundreds of troops in and around Jerusalem’s Old City.
Israel has illegally occupied East Jerusalem, in which the Al-Aqsa is located, since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.
In a move never recognized by the international community, Israel annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as the self-proclaimed Jewish state’s “eternal and undivided” capital.