COVID-19 | Few worshippers at Friday prayers in Jerusalem

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Only a handful of worshippers attended Friday prayers near the entrance leading to the Al-Aqsa mosque in east Jerusalem after Muslim authorities closed the compound to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

The compound was shut earlier this week, while the mosque itself and the iconic golden Dome of the Rock were shuttered last week.

The Israeli government announced new restrictions that will bar most people in Israel from venturing more that 100 meters (yards) from their homes.

As a result some Muslims chose to pray in the street.

As of Friday, there have been at least 3,035 cases and 10 deaths from the new coronavirus in Israel.

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