Al Aqsa mosque situated in Jerusalem has been reopened on Sunday after the closure of two months due to COVID-19. The mosque is the third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
All the worshippers are allowed to enter the mosque for the first prayers of the day in the early hours along with protective masks, said an AFP journalist.
The mosque’s director Omar al-Kiswani thanked everyone for the patience and welcomed the group by while singing ‘God is greatest’, he also claimed to protect the Al-Aqsa mosque with soul and blood.
The mosque located in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem closed in March as a preventive measure to control the spread of the pandemic virus. Both Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock opened together on Sunday.
The site has been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and also the Muslims believe that the Holy Prophet soar to heaven at the site.
The site is also holy to Jews, who call it the Temple Mount and also believe it to be the location of the two biblical temples out of which one was destroyed in the 70 AD.
On the first day of the Eid holidays, worshippers tried to enter the compound by breaking through the barriers. The whole scene created a fight between the Palestinians and Israeli police.
As the number of coronavirus cases is decreasing in Palestine and Israel, both the territories have decided to relax the restrictions.