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Israel impedes access to Al-Aqsa Mosque, Friday prayers held on Jerusalem streets

Dozens of Palestinian Muslims performed Friday prayers in the streets near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, as Israel maintained a heavy security presence. According to some worship ers, since the first Friday after the deadly October 7 attacks in Israel, police were only permitting certain older men, women, and children to enter the compound for prayers. The mosque sits in a hilltop compound sacred to both Jews and Muslims, and conflicting claims over it have spilled into violence before. Al-Aqsa Mosque is the thirdholiest site in Islam and stands in a spot known to Jews as the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism. The Israel-Hamas war erupted after the Hamas militant group raided southern Israel on October 7, killing about 1200 people and taking some 240 hostages. Israel has vowed to dismantle Hamas — which is still putting up stiff resistance — and bring back more than 100 hostages still being held by the militants. The war has already killed over 20,000 Palestinians and driven around 85 percent of the population of 2.3 million from their homes. alarabiya

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.