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Prayers at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound to resume next week

Muslims perform prayer outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque after the Islamic Waqf Department announced to close the enclosed prayer places as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Jerusalem on 15 March, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Muslims perform prayer outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque after the Islamic Waqf Department announced to close the enclosed prayer places as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Jerusalem on 15 March, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Muslim prayers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound will resume next week after a nearly two-month pause now that the spread of the new coronavirus has slowed, a religious council said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Council of Islamic Waqf said the restriction on outdoor prayer at the site would be lifted after the Muslim holiday of Eid El-Fitr marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Eid El-Fitr is due to start on Saturday or Sunday.

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On March 15, religious officials closed Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock, and a week later also banned worshippers from gathering in open areas of the holy hilltop compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount.

It was not immediately clear whether worshippers would also be allowed back into Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock next week.

A Palestinian religious official in Jerusalem said further details would be released at a later date.

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Publiée par Middle East Monitor sur Mercredi 26 septembre 2018

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