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In Jerusalem, al-Aqsa Mosque reopens after more than 2 months

After more than two months of closure decided by the local religious authorities as part of the fight against the spread of Covid-19, the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock reopened this Sunday to visitors and worshippers in Jerusalem.

Closed since mid-March as part of health measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in Jerusalem, al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock were reopened to the public this Sunday.

 

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New health rules

A few hundred Muslims gathered at dawn at al-Aqsa Mosque for the “dawn prayer”, the first of the five daily prayers in Islam. The first ones among them were even present at 03:00 (local time) in front of one of the large doors of the mosque which is the third most saint place in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

This first religious gathering after more than 2 months of closure went off without a hitch and in compliance with new health rules in the midst of a global health crisis. The faithful were, for the most part, equipped with sanitary masks, a systematic temperature control was set up at the entrance of the mosque and prayer mats were fixed to the floor at least one meter apart.