Israeli occupation forces IOF impeded on Friday, March 31, the arrival of Palestinian Muslim worshipers seeking to perform Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Local sources reported that Israeli occupation forces deployed at the military checkpoints leading to occupied Jerusalem, impeding the arrival of Palestinian worshipers.
Despite the Israeli barriers and restrictions, about 250,000 Palestinian Muslim worshipers managed to pray the second Friday prayer of Ramadan at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Earlier on Friday, Palestinian media sources shared photos and videos of West Bank families trying to cross the Qalandia checkpoint to reach Jerusalem.
Passing through the Qalandia checkpoint, Palestinian families, including women and kids, face unbearable suffering as Israeli forces make them wait for long hours. Some are expected to be rejected.
Prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque is restricted to Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem. Meanwhile, a limited number of West Bank and Gaza residents can enter occupied Jerusalem.
Palestinians in West Bank and Jerusalem are not allowed to visit Jerusalem without obtaining a permit from the Israeli occupation. However, obtaining a permit is extremely difficult.