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Jerusalem Muslims brace for Israel to shutter Al-Aqsa Mosque prayer house

Jerusalemites are preparing for another battle at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as Israel moves to close a prayer house worshippers forced open in 2019.
Palestinian Muslims perform the morning Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third most holy site, in the Old City of Jerusalem on June 5, 2019. - Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)        (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Jerusalemites are now watching the events unfolding around Al-Aqsa Mosque's Bab al-Rahma prayer house, which the Israeli police are seeking to close.

The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf Council received a notice on July 2 that the Israeli police had submitted an urgent request to the Jerusalem Magistrate to close the prayer house.

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