14:32 - February 07, 2021
News ID: 3473915
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, warned the Zionist regime of Israel against using the coronavirus pandemic as a pretext for preventing Muslims from entering the mosque.


Sheikh Sabri condemned the move by the Tel Aviv regime to ban Muslims from entering the mosque for the seventh consecutive week on Friday, Swaleif website reported.

He said it is while Zionist settlers continue to go to the mosque and break the sanctity of the Islamic place of worship.

Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to Muslims only and non-Muslims have no right to enter it, he said.

The cleric also underlined the need for an end to Israel’s illegal excavations at the mosque and condemned the UN and UNESCO for remaining on such moves.

On Friday, the Israeli police prevented thousands of Muslim worshipers from reaching the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem al-Quds under the pretext of the anti-coronavirus lockdown.

According to local sources, police forces deployed road barriers at the entrances to the holy city, its old streets and the Aqsa Mosque and only allowed those from the Old City to attend the Friday khutba and prayer at the Mosque.

As a result, hundreds of Jerusalemites had to perform the Friday prayers in streets near the Old City.



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