Hundreds of Palestinians from the besieged Gaza Strip traveled to occupied East Jerusalem today, the last Friday of Ramadan, to attend prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinian sources revealed.
380 Palestinian worshipers, all above the age of 50, arrived at the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Erez crossing.
Officials added that 80 Palestinians would stay on till Saturday to pray during Laylat al-Qadr, a particularly holy day during the Muslim holiday when it is believed that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
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Israeli authorities had announced plans last month to allow hundreds of additional Gazans to attend prayers in Jerusalem for Laylat al-Qadr, but then cancelled permit coordination following an attack in Tel Aviv.
More than 1.8 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are prevented from travel outside of the enclave due to a decade long military blockade imposed by Israel and upheld by Egypt on the southern border.