Jerusalem: Thousands of Muslim worshippers from occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Arab towns across Israel prayed at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on the second Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
Masses of worshippers made their way to the holy city from the West Bank despite the many restrictions imposed by Israeli police and forces, especially on the entry of young men below the age of 40, many of whom were banned from entering the occupied city by the Israeli forces.
Worshippers had to pass into East Jerusalem via military checkpoints as Israeli police beefed up presence around and in the city amid heightened tensions.
The fasting month of Ramadan started on May 17 and more than one billion Muslims across the globe began observing it with fasting hours ranging between nine and 19 hours.
As many as 120,000 people had attended the Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque last week, the first after the United States moved its embassy to the holy city and which incidentally was also the first weekly prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Al-Aqsa is the third holiest site for Muslims, after the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah, both in Saudi Arabia. It is located in Israeli occupied East Jerusalem.
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