Palestinians pray outside Aqsa to protest gate closure

Palestinians pray outside Aqsa to protest gate closure

Al-Aqsha Mosque complex in Palestine. (WAFA)

By Said Amouri

Al-Quds, Feb. 21 (Antara/Anadolu-OANA) - Dozens of Palestinian worshippers on Wednesday performed prayers outside Jerusalem?s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex to protest the continued closure by Israel of the of Al-Rahma Gate.

Earlier Wednesday, Israeli forces were deployed near the gate -- located on the east side of the mosque compound -- amid mounting tensions with Palestinian worshippers.

On Monday, the Israeli authorities sealed the gate, preventing hundreds of Muslim worshippers from entering Al-Aqsa, and detained several Palestinians inside the mosque complex.

The following day, the Israeli authorities reportedly reopened the gate temporarily.

(U.C003)
 

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