Gazans make rare Eid visit to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa

JERUSALEM: Hundreds of elderly Gazans paid a rare visit to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday after Israel eased tight restrictions on movement over Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

It was the first time since 2007 Muslim worshippers from Gaza were granted permission to travel to the ancient shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City, an Israeli rights group said.

The Israeli army said in a statement it had given permits to a total of 500 Gaza residents over the age of 60 to visit the plaza over the course of three days until the feast ends on Tuesday.

The first group arrived at the Al-Aqsa mosque plaza during the morning and were allowed to stay there until 3:00 pm (1200 GMT),after which they were taken back to the Gaza border, an AFP correspondent said.

Source: APP