Israel, which controls access to the Temple Mount compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, initially issued a large number of permits for Palestinians to visit this Ramadan.
But after a series of attacks targeting Israelis during the first week of the holy month, restrictions were reimposed.
Still, hundreds of thousands of Muslims from the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and further afield are expected to visit over the course of Ramadan, which ends around July 17. On the first Friday, 80,000 Muslims prayed at Al Aqsa, Israeli police said.
Palestinian women wait ahead of prayers on the third Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. Photo by Reuters
Palestinian women pray inside the Dome of the Rock. Photo by Reuters
A Palestinian girl reads the Koran. Photo by Reuters
Palestinian girls wait ahead of prayers. Photo by Reuters
Palestinian women take a photo of Dome of the Rock Mosque. Photo by AP
Palestinian women pray outside the Dome of the Rock. Photo by AFP
A Palestinian woman takes a photo next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque. Photo by AP
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