Israel permits Gazans to pray at Jerusalem mosque

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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 file photo, the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, known by the Jews as the Temple Mount, is seen in Jerusalem's Old City. 2014 was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when this summer’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse. Merchants in Jerusalem’s Old City say the feel the sting. The area’s cobblestone streets are typically chock full of tourists visiting the holy sites within the storied walls. But they've been eerily empty over the summer. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
Palestinian Muslim worshipers pray on October 4, 2014 at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalems old city on the first day of Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, marking the end of the hajj and commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. Israel is in security lockdown for the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, which is coinciding with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha for the first time in three decades. The concurrence of the holy days has not occurred for 33 years because the two faiths use different lunar calendars. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 03: Muslims perform Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the eve of Feast of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha), in Jerusalem, Israel, on October 3, 2014. Al-Aqsa Mosque, also known as Bayt al-Muqaddas, is the third holiest site in Islam. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Palestinian pilgrims cross the Beit Hanoun checkpoint on their way to the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza and then to Jerusalem, during the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. In a rare gesture, Israeli authorities relaxed restrictions and allowed 550 Palestinian pilgrims to cross into Israel from Gaza to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The men had to be over 60 years old. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian worker checks a list of names of registered Muslim pilgrims who are waiting to cross the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza headed to Jerusalem during the three-day holiday of Eid al-Adha, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. In a rare gesture, Israeli authorities relaxed restrictions and allowed 550 Palestinian pilgrims to cross into Israel from Gaza to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The men had to be over 60 years old. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Elderly Palestinian pilgrims ride an electronic car to cross the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza heading to Jerusalem during the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. In a rare gesture, Israeli authorities relaxed restrictions and allowed 550 Palestinian pilgrims to cross into Israel from Gaza to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The men had to be over 60 years old. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Elderly Palestinian pilgrims ride in an electronic car as they cross the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza during the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.In a rare gesture, Israeli authorities relaxed restrictions and allowed 550 Palestinian pilgrims to cross into Israel from Gaza to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The men had to be over 60 years-old. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian Muslim woman walks past Israeli policemen on her way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the morning Eid al-Adha prayer, on October 4, 2014, in Jerusalem's old city. Israel is in security lockdown for the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, which is coinciding with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha for the first time in three decades. The concurrence of the holy days has not occurred for 33 years because the two faiths use different lunar calendars. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian Muslim woman carrying a baby walks past Israeli security forces on her way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the morning Eid al-Adha prayer, on October 4, 2014, in Jerusalem's old city. Israel is in security lockdown for the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, which is coinciding with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha for the first time in three decades. The concurrence of the holy days has not occurred for 33 years because the two faiths use different lunar calendars. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
An Ultra-orthodox Jewish man (C) returning from Yom Kippur prayers in the Western Wall walks past Palestinian Muslims on their way back from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound where they performed the Eid al-Adha prayers, on October 4, 2014, in Jerusalem's old city, where the two holy sites are located. Israel is in security lockdown for the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, which is coinciding with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha for the first time in three decades. The concurrence of the holy days has not occurred for 33 years because the two faiths use different lunar calendars. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
An Ultra-orthodox Jewish man returning from Yom Kippur prayers in the Western Wall walks past Palestinian Muslims on their way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the Eid al-Adha prayers, on October 4, 2014, in Jerusalem's old city, where the two holy sites are located. Israel is in security lockdown for the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, which is coinciding with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha for the first time in three decades. The concurrence of the holy days has not occurred for 33 years because the two faiths use different lunar calendars. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
An Ultra-orthodox Jewish man returning from Yom Kippur prayers in the Western Wall walks past Palestinian Muslims on their way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the Eid al-Adha prayers, on October 4, 2014, in Jerusalem's old city, where the two holy sites are located. Israel is in security lockdown for the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, which is coinciding with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha for the first time in three decades. The concurrence of the holy days has not occurred for 33 years because the two faiths use different lunar calendars. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Ultra-orthodox Jews returning from Yom Kippur prayers in the Western Wall walk past Palestinian Muslims on their way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the Eid al-Adha prayers, on October 4, 2014, in Jerusalem's old city, where the two holy sites are located. Israel is in security lockdown for the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, which is coinciding with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha for the first time in three decades. The concurrence of the holy days has not occurred for 33 years because the two faiths use different lunar calendars. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 03: Muslims perform Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the eve of Feast of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha), in Jerusalem, Israel, on October 3, 2014. Al-Aqsa Mosque, also known as Bayt al-Muqaddas, is the third holiest site in Islam. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Muslim worshippers pray during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Muslim worshippers chant slogans during a protest against the fighting in Gaza following a prayer during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Muslim worshippers chant slogans during a protest against the fighting in Gaza following a prayer during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Muslim worshippers pray during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at the Al Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Palestinians carry the coffin of a Palestinian teenager Mohammed Sunokrot past the Dome of the Rock mosque in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam and referred to by Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City , Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 The father Abdelmajed Sunokrot said that his son , 16, was wounded during a demonstration in Jerusalem last week had died of his wounds on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli military says it is permitting hundreds of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to pray at Jerusalem's most important mosque, the first time it is doing so since 2007.

Israel sharply has restricted travel out of Gaza since the Islamic militant Hamas overran the enclave in 2007. Since then, it has not granted permits for Gazans specifically wanting to pray at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third-holiest site. Muslims are marking Eid al-Adha, an important holiday.

The military says 500 Gazans will cross into Israel on Sunday. Another 1,000 are expected the following two days. The military says permits were restricted to people over the age of 60.

The permits were granted weeks after Israel and Hamas ended a 50-day war that killed more than 2,100 people.

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