Israel-Hamas war: No Friday prayer in Al-Aqsa Mosque

News Desk: At the temple around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, there are very few people. Normally around this time, with Friday prayers about to get under way, that would be full. They just haven’t been allowed to get in.

At Lion’s Gate, the normal entry point for Al-Aqsa, we’ve seen some men being physically abused by the Israel police. One man trying to explain that he is just going in to pray was hit by a police officer.

It’s incredibly difficult for anyone to get even close to the mosque. Normally we would see thousands of people here for midday prayers. Roadblocks are set up across the occupied West Bank. People are being blocked from anywhere near the place they normally come on Friday.