Jerusalem / Abdel Raouf Arnaout / Anatolia
Tens of thousands of Palestinians performed Eid al-Fitr prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.
Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director general of the Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem, told Anadolu Agency that more than 200,000 worshipers performed the Eid prayer at the mosque.
And the flock of Palestinians, including entire families that included men, women and children, to the mosque, from the dawn hours, where the courtyards were filled with worshipers with the start of prayer.
And the worshipers entered the mosque, cheering and saying the takbeers of Eid.
Israeli police forces were deployed in the vicinity of the Old City of East Jerusalem and its alleys.
Activists distributed gifts to children, who came to the mosque with their families, in the Dome of the Rock prayer hall area.
The activists also distributed sweets to the worshipers, who flocked to the mosque.
The Eid sermon was devoted to talking about the status of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Islam, and the importance of adhering to it.
Al-Khatib, Muhammad Salim, also addressed the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, calling for their release.
Thousands of Palestinians gathered in front of the Qibli Mosque, waving the Palestinian flag and a green banner.
Palestinians chanted, “With soul and blood, we will redeem you, Al-Aqsa,” “God is great,” and “Freedom, freedom.”
Activists hung a large banner on the porch opposite the Al-Qibli Mosque, showing a man in military uniform, carrying a rocket launcher, and inscribed on it, “The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, congratulates the Arab and Islamic nation on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.”
The streets of East Jerusalem witnessed traffic crises, as worshipers flocked to the mosque.
With the end of the prayer, thousands of worshipers headed to the cemeteries near the old town of the city to visit the graves of their loved ones.
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