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Salaah to resume at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound next week

Salaah at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound will resume next week after a nearly two-month pause now that the spread of the new coronavirus has slowed.

In a statement, the Council of Islamic Waqf said the restriction on outdoor prayer at the site would be lifted after the Muslim holiday of Eid El-Fitr marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Eid El-Fitr is due to start on Saturday or Sunday.

On March 15, religious officials closed Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock, and a week later also banned worshippers from gathering in open areas of the holy hilltop compound..

It was not immediately clear whether worshippers would also be allowed back into Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock next week.

A Palestinian religious official in Jerusalem said further details would be released at a later date.

Source: memo
Image:  Cole Keister

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