More than 260,000 Muslims took part in the final Friday prayers of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Masjid in Jerusalem City.
260,000 Muslims took part in the final Friday prayers of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of annexed east Jerusalem. Masha’Allah!
Israeli soldier helps an elderly Muslim to get to the #Ramadan prayers on time.
The media will never show you this. pic.twitter.com/sEdtNtZcGB
— Hananya Naftali (@HananyaNaftali) May 31, 2019
The religious authority in charge of the compound, the third holiest site in Islam, said in total 260,000 worshippers took part in the lunchtime prayers.
The prayers came only hours after a Palestinian teenager stabbed two Israelis inside the Old City before being shot dead by Israeli security.
Israeli Police allowed prayers for final Friday of the month of Ramadan to go ahead despite a tense build up. According to reports a Palestinian teenager stabbed and wounded two Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City.
During the prayers, water was sprayed on worshippers to keep them cool in the baking Jerusalem sun, with temperatures approaching 40 degrees.
Despite a heavy police presence, there were no reports of further incidents.
The Al-Aqsa mosque compound is a key religious and political symbol for Palestinians. It is also sacred for Jews, who refer to it at the Temple Mount.