3-Islam’s holiest sites emptied by coronavirus crisis as Ramadan begins

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27/04/20

The Dome of the Rock, part of the Temple Mount coumpound is pictured at the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, early on April 24, 2020, during the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. The Temple Mount, the location of the Dome of the Rock and and Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest place in Islam, are closed to worshippers by Israeli authorities under the threat of the COVID-19 / AFP / Emmanuel DUNAND

A picture taken on April 24, 2020, shows Saudi policemen standing guard next to the Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, amid unprecedented bans on family gatherings and mass prayers due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. / AFP / STR

The Temple Mount coumpound stands empty of worshippers at the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, early on April 24, 2020, during the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. The Temple Mount, the location of the Dome of the Rock and and Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest place in Islam, are closed to worshippers by Israeli authorities under the threat of the COVID-19 / AFP / Emmanuel DUNAND

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