Days of Palestine

Wednesday, February 1

‘Israel’ cancels Jerusalem entry permits for 500 Gazans

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Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip –Israeli authorities revoked on Wednesday permits for 500 Gazans planned to perform Friday Prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

An Israeli spokeswoman told AFP that the move to deny access of Gaza residents to Al-Aqsa Mosque was taken “because of the rocket” which hit southern Israel on Tuesday night, causing no injuries.

Israeli occupation said that it relaxed restriction on the movement of Palestinian to and from the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. It said that it would allow 800 Gaza residents entering Al-Aqsa Mosque each Friday of the month.

However, Israeli defence ministry, AFP reported, said that the measures were conditional on the continuous calmness in the coastal enclave. But that was broken by killing an Israeli in the West Bank and stabbing officer in occupied Jerusalem.

In addition to cancelling permits for Gaza residents, Israeli authorities revoked entry permits for residents from the West Bank village home to the Palestinian who claimed to have stabbed the officer.

It also cancelled permission for 500 West Bank Palestinians to fly via Israeli Ben Gurion airport, AFP said.

Jerusalem is a holy city for the Muslims and Al-Aqsa Mosque it their third holiest place on earth. They prefer to perform Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa during Ramadan.