World Bulletin / News Desk
Thousands of worshipers performed the morning prayers at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday, with a quarter-million expected to throng the holy city throughout the day.
Meanwhile, Israeli police deployed in thousands throughout East Jerusalem and the Old City, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma'an news agency.
Only men over 40 years old and women are able to enter Jerusalem without a permit, he said.
The last Friday of Ramadan is the culmination of the holy month of fasting and prayer, before the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which will fall on Saturday or Sunday depending on lunar movements.
The Al Aqsa Foundation said thousands performed morning prayers and were addressed by Sheikh Yousef Abu Snaina and Dr. Jamal Amr.
Rosenfeld said police were prepared for hundreds of thousands of worshipers expected throughout Friday.
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