25,000 Palestinians Attend Friday Prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque despite Restrictions


About 25,000 Palestinians held Friday prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque amid heightened security measures by the Tel Aviv regime, local media reports said.

Addressing the huge gathering of Palestinian worshippers, the preacher of the al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Mohammad Salim, condemned the passive stances of some Arab and Muslim states on the Israeli aggression against the holy mosque.

He further emphasized that the holy city of al-Quds and al-Aqsa Mosque are under the threat of Israeli Judaization plans, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Sheikh Salim said the al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to Muslims only and the Islamic endowment department is the only authority that has the right to manage the affairs of the holy site.

The mosque is a holy place for worship, he said, adding that no one has the right to ban any worshipper from attending the place.

In a separate development, hundreds of Jordanians staged protests outside the Israeli embassy in Amman on Friday, demanding the dissolution of the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty among other demands.

The protesters marched from the Kalouti Mosque to the embassy following Friday prayers, according to RT.

They called for the termination of the 1994 peace treaty between Israel and Jordan as well as withdrawing from the gas deal the kingdom struck with Tel Aviv in September 2016.

The demonstrators also demanded the Israeli embassy be shut down, according to the report.