Prayers have been suspended at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Muslim Waqf (Endowment) Council announced Sunday.

The decision, reached following an emergency meeting, will take effect Monday morning, the council said in a statement.

“The suspension is for a temporary period, with all employees and guards continuing to report for work and carrying out their activities as usual.

“The call to prayer (Adhan) at Al-Aqsa Mosque continues at all times and as usual,” it added.

The council said the decision was taken in order

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