۲۹ مهر ۱۳۹۹ | Oct 20, 2020
News Code: 361450
16 September 2020 - 22:57
Al-Aqsa mosque to shut for three weeks over virus outbreak

Al-Aqsa Mosque will be shut for three weeks due to the spread of the coronavirus, the al – Quds Islamic Waqf announced on Wednesday.

Hawzah News Agency - (Occupied Palestine) - Al-Aqsa Mosque will be shut for three weeks due to the spread of the coronavirus, the al – Quds Islamic Waqf announced on Wednesday.

“Worshippers and visitors will not be received at the mosque as of Friday for a three-week period due to the virus outbreak,” Hatem Abdel Qader, a member of the al – Quds Islamic Waqf said.

He, however, said the mosque will remain open for the prayer calls, mosque guards and staff.

According to Palestinian health authorities, the tally of virus infections in al  - Quds reached 8,000 since June.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque was shut for two months in late March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the world's third-holiest site for Muslims. Jews call the area the Temple Mount, claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied al – Quds (East Jerusalem), where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognized by the international community.

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