High tension in East Jerusalem for the first Friday prayers after the Hamas attack

Adriana Lima
By Adriana Lima 1 Min Read
origin 1Police restrict access to Al-Aqsa Mosque ©Maya Alleruzzo/Copyright 2023 The AP All rights reserved

In Muslim communities around the world, worshipers gathered in mosques for the first Friday prayers since Hamas militants attacked Israel.

Security was beefed up in East Jerusalem, where around 2,500 security officers were deployed for Friday prayers in the Old City. The number of worshipers heading to Al Aqsa Mosque was unusually low and activity in the area was virtually at a standstill.

Even tourists have abandoned the streets. Likewise most of the Jewish inhabitants of the Old City. Security checks are constant, Palestinian residents say. And the police restrict access to the Al Aqsa mosque.

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