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Prayers of solidarity for Al-Aqsa to be held across the UK

Palestinian worshippers perform the afternoon prayer outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as they protest the detectors installed by Israel on 20 July 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian worshippers perform the afternoon prayer outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as they protest the detectors installed by Israel on 20 July 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

British activist group, Friends of Al-Aqsa, are calling everyone to organise prayers and vigils for the safeguarding of Al-Aqsa mosque.

Prayers dedicated to Al-Aqsa will take place on Monday 24 July during the afternoon congregational prayers across 16 cities in the United Kingdom, including Bolton, Bradford, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Huddersfield, Leicester, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield.

With the continued violation by Israel’s forces, Friends of Al-Aqsa requests everyone to attend these events or arrange a similar event in their area.

Follow our live blog: Day of Rage at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Pope Francis used his Sunday Mass to address the violence in Jerusalem and called for dialogue and moderation to help restore peace. UN delegations of Sweden, Egypt and France requested an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the matter, to be held tomorrow. The Arab League will also be convening an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the Israeli aggression upsetting the status quo of Islam’s third holiest site.

Meanwhile, the veteran Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque and former Grand Mufti, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, said on Friday that the Arab states are too busy fighting each other to worry about the Noble Sanctuary.

Three Israelis were stabbed to death in an illegal settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday, hours after three Palestinians were killed in violence prompted by Israel’s installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem’s walled Old City.

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