500 Gazans visit Jerusalem first time in seven years

 About 500 Palestinians from Gaza over 60 years old visited Jerusalem Sunday to pray at al-Aqsa Mosque in the old city for the first time in seven years, officials said.

Gaza: About 500 Palestinians from Gaza over 60 years old visited Jerusalem Sunday to pray at al-Aqsa Mosque in the old city for the first time in seven years, officials said.

Hussein al-Sheikh, chief of the Palestinian liaison office with Israel, had earlier said that Israel started a series of steps to ease a blockade which had been imposed on the Gaza Strip for eight years, Xinhua reported.

He said one of the measures is to allow 500 Gazans to pray during Eidul Adha holiday.

The 500 Gazans Sunday morning crossed through Erez crossing point between Israel and the northern tip of the coastal enclave, arrived in Jerusalem, prayed and came back to Gaza in the evening.

Muslims celebrated Saturday their major annual holiday of Eidul Adha, which will end Wednesday.