Jerusalem, Apr 6 (EFE).- Despite tensions, Israel has eased restrictions on movement so that some Palestinians from the occupied West Bank can enter Jerusalem during Ramadam for Friday prayers.
“Women of all ages and children up to 12 years old will be able to enter,” the Holy City without a permit as well as men who are over 50 years of age, Israel’s defense ministry said Tuesday night.
Men aged 40-49 will need permits to enter the city, the statement added.
It will be the first time since 2019 that tens of thousands of West Bank Palestinians will access the al-Aqsa Compound, Islam’s third holiest site, to pray for Ramadan following two years of coronavirus restrictions.
After the first Friday of prayers, Israeli authorities will reassess the situation to determine whether or not the measures will be extended beyond Ramadam.
The decision comes after three attacks in Israel killed 11 people, one of the deadliest episodes in the country’s recent history. EFE