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Al Aqsa Mosque to reopen after eid holiday

By AFP - May 20,2020 - Last updated at May 20,2020

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock at Al Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem (AFP file photo)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque will reopen to worshippers after the eid holiday, a statement from its governing body said on Tuesday, two months after closing due to the coronavirus.

"The council decided to lift the suspension on worshippers entering the blessed Al Aqsa Mosque after the Eid Al Fitr holiday," a statement from the Waqf organisation said, referring to the three-day holiday expected to begin this weekend.

Islam's third holiest site was closed in late March for the first time in more than 50 years as part of measures across the globe to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

The mosque's director, Omar Al Kiswani, told AFP he hoped for no restrictions on the number of worshippers but said the governing body would announce the exact "mechanisms and measures later".

He said the details would be worked out to "ensure we are not subjected to criticism on the pretext we have broken health rules".


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