Palestinians head to Al-Aqsa for last Ramadan Friday
Published Friday 17/08/2012 (updated) 18/08/2012 15:24
Men over 40 years old and women are able to enter Jerusalem without
a permit. (MaanImages/File)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of worshipers performed the morning prayers at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday, with a quarter-million expected to throng the holy city throughout the day.
Meanwhile, Israeli police deployed in thousands throughout East Jerusalem and the Old City, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma'an.
Men over 40 years old and women are able to enter Jerusalem without a permit, he said.
The last Friday of Ramadan is the culmination of the holy month of fasting and prayer, before the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which will fall on Saturday or Sunday depending on lunar movements.
The Al Aqsa Foundation said thousands performed morning prayers and were addressed by Sheikh Yousef Abu Snaina and Dr. Jamal Amr.
Rosenfeld said there were no disturbances and police were prepared for hundreds of thousands of worshipers expected throughout Friday.