Israel tightens security around Al-Aqsa during Ramadan

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On the third Friday of Ramadan, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from throughout the West Bank travelled to Jerusalem al Quds to offer prayers in al-Aqsa mosque. The final weekend before the holiest days of Ramadan, the Laylat al-Qadr, saw hundreds of thousands worshippers praying at Islam's third holiest site, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. However, Israel has beefed up its security throughout Jerusalem al-Quds following a spate of violence including a double homicide on Tuesday, a murder at the gates of al-Aqsa and two stabbings. With heightened security measures, Israel has already placed restrictions on Palestinians entering Jerusalem Al-Quds from the West Bank. Press TV spoke to the Mufti of Jerusalem al-Quds, concerning the restrictions imposed by the Israeli army. The spate of violent attacks in Jerusalem al Quds included the murder of Natan Jorno and his daughter Yamit who were shot at close range in an alleged financial dispute and on the same afternoon a Jewish man was stabbed to death ostensibly according to Israeli media sources by an Arab. Although the influx of Palestinians into Jerusalem al-Quds is unrelated to the murders, Palestinians says they are still being punished by simply turning away at the Israeli checkpoints and prohibiting praying at al Aqsa. They call the restrictions and random stop and search by the Israeli forces as oppressive and humiliating. Palestinians are furious at the continued humiliations at checkpoints with many waiting for hours at a time before being turned away and their inhumane treatment by Israeli authorities once they enter Jerusalem al-Quds.

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