Friday prayers held in Maroun al-Rass in support of al-Aqsa, Friday, July 21, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Palestinian and Lebanese nationals Friday held prayers together across Lebanon to protest Israel's increased security measures at the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem. More than 500 people, Sunni and Shiite, gathered at the south Lebanon border town of Maroun al-Ras in Bint Jbeil at noon to hold Friday prayers, in an event organized by Hezbollah. The head of the Palestinian Islamist factions, Jamal Khattab, began the protest by emphasizing the seriousness of the situation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.A brief protest also took place outside the Al-Amin mosque in Downtown Beirut after Friday prayers, with tens of worshipers gathering and chanting for just under an hour against the actions of Israel.Many have refused to enter the holy site in protest of the recent action by Israel.
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