Israel prevents Palestinians aged under 50 from West Bank entering Al-Aqsa on first Friday of Ramadan

Israeli Border Police prevents Palestinians aged under 50 from the West Bank from entering Al-Aqsa on the first Friday of Ramadan (Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency)

Middle East Monitor  /  April 8, 2022

Israeli occupation authorities today imposed restrictions on Palestinians making their way to pray Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque from the West Bank.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that Israeli forces thoroughly checked Palestinians at the crossings leading to occupied Jerusalem and prevented many of them from entering the holy city.

Palestinian girl Alaa’ said she and a group of women tried to enter Jerusalem through the Qalandia checkpoint but were prevented by Israeli occupation forces. They would now attempt to enter through a different checkpoint, she added.

Marwan Owda, a Palestinian from Huwara, south of Nablus in the northern West Bank, said he attempted to cross the Qalandia checkpoint three times but was denied each time by Israeli forces claiming security concerns.

On Tuesday, Israeli officials imposed fresh restrictions on Palestinians from the West Bank seeking to enter Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The new rules allow men and women over the age of 50 to enter Jerusalem without a permit, while Palestinians under the age of 50 must obtain an Israeli permit.

These measures do not apply to Palestinians from Gaza who want to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque since they need special permits to leave Gaza.

Today is the first Friday of the holy Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan.