Vaccinated Palestinians to pray at the Temple Mount during Ramadan

In honor of the first Friday of Ramadan 10,000 vaccinated Palestinians will be allowed to enter the Temple Mount to pray.

Palestinians pray on the first Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City May 10, 2019.  (photo credit: AMMAR AWAD / REUTERS)
Palestinians pray on the first Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City May 10, 2019.
(photo credit: AMMAR AWAD / REUTERS)
Some 10,000 vaccinated Palestinians will be permitted to visit the Temple Mount on April 16, COGAT announced on Tuesday. The entry will allow Palestinians to pray there during the first Friday of Ramadan.

The spread of coronavirus among Palestinians is still quite high and many are still not vaccinated, but they requested access to pray for the sick nonetheless. After much discussion among medical and security officials, the request was approved by the government, allowing vaccinated individuals to pray freely on the Temple Mount.
Still, the majority of Palestinians, who are not vaccinated, will not be permitted to join in the prayers.
The Palestinian Authority has struggled to provide enough vaccinations for its population. Today, over 80,000 coronavirus vaccines have entered the Gaza Strip and over 200,000 vaccines have been donated to the Palestinian Authority to be used in the West Bank. 
Israel has also initiated its program to vaccinate 120,000 Palestinian workers in Israel and the West Bank settlements, so the number of vaccinated individuals has increased. 
A reassessment of the health and security situation and permissions to enter the Temple Mount will take place after April 16.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.