Young girls in Palestine stand in front of a banner depicting Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the late spiritual leader, during a rally in Gaza City. The rally commemorated the 43rd anniversary of the burning of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on August 30. Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, saw flames in 1969 when an Australian evangelical Christian tourist started a fire in one wing; the arsonist was later found insane and hospitalized.
Recently, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were allowed into the mosque in Jerusalem for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, though their entry was tightly controlled by the Israeli government. According to Israeli officials, the gesture was part of an attempt to rebuild the relationship between the two sides, AFP reported.
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