Jerusalem : Over 100,000 worshipers performed Eid Al Adha prayer in Al Aqsa mosque on the first day of Eid Al Adha on Tuesday.
Thousands of worshipers chanted Takbirs of the first day of Eid. Dozens also performed the Eid prayer near Al Asbat gate after Israeli forces prevented them from entry into the holy mosque stating that in the early hours of the morning Palestinian “youths began throwing stones at the Temple Mount esplanade towards police forces, who dispersed them”.
Palestinian factions, as well as Sheiks and several organizations, had called for performing Eid prayer at Al Aqsa mosque in order to protect it from Israeli settlers.
On the 8th of Dhul Hijjah and on Arafa Day, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims visited the compound under heavy police guard to mark Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning and repentance when Jews reflect on the destruction of the First and Second Temples. The hilltop compound, they believe, is where the biblical temples once stood and are the holiest site in Judaism.
Muslim worshippers briefly clashed with Israeli security forces at the flashpoint shrine.
No injuries were reported, but the incident again raised tensions.
But Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett directed that Jewish visits there “continue, while maintaining order at the site”, he said in an official statement after the incident.Bennett stressed that “freedom of worship on the Temple Mount will be fully preserved for Muslims as well”, pointing to the upcoming festival of Eid al-Adha.