Thousands of Palestinians visit Al-Aqsa on last Friday of Ramadan

Thousands of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Israel prayed at Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan amid heightened Israeli restrictions on Palestinian movement.

 Israeli forces deployed hundreds of soldiers and police across East Jerusalem, centered on the alleyways and roads leading to the Old City in the early morning hours. During Ramadan, Israeli authorities permit men above the age of 40, women of all ages, and children younger than 12 years of age from the occupied West Bank to enter Jerusalem without a permit on Fridays.
However, men between 12 and 40-years-old from the West Bank had their Ramadan permits revoked by Israeli authorities following a deadly attack at Damascus Gate outside the Old City last Friday, which left three Palestinian assailants and one Israeli police officer dead.
According to Israeli news site Haaretz, 250,000 Palestinians had their permits revoked. Meanwhile, Palestinians have said they were subjected to “collective punishment” following the attack through road closures, arbitrary searches, and mass detentions.
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