For the first time since 2003, when it was closed by an Israeli military order, Palestinian worshippers prayed at the mosque at Al-Rahma Gate, one of the doorways to Al-Aqsa Mosque.In a brief press release, the Islamic Endowment Department in Jerusalem announced it had opened Al-Rahma Gate.
Since Monday, Palestinians have been gathering near to the gate and performing prayers in front of it. Several skirmishes were reported between them and the Israeli occupation police after additional locks were added by occupation forces.
Occupation forces arresting more than 60 Palestinian activists from the Old City of Jerusalem ahead of the planned protests.
In 2003, Israeli occupation authorities closed the gate, claiming there is an illegal institution there and renewed the order annually.
Earlier this month an iron door was placed at the gate, Palestinians protested against Israel’s unilateral move in the Muslim holy site, broke it and entered the mosque.