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From Jerusalem to Mecca , Muslims across the Middle East held Friday prayers under the shadow of the new coronavirus , with some gatherings cancelled and others subdued because of the deadly outbreak .
The highly contagious disease is believed to be transmitted through close contact and authorities globally have moved to restrict large gatherings, including public prayers .
In Mecca , Islam ’s holiest site was uncrowded after reopening on Friday following disinfection .
“ The fact that it is empty is very scary ,” an Egyptian worshipper who has lived in Mecca for more than 20 years told AFP .
“I had a very strange and difficult feeling as I was headed to the mosque. I felt deprived of the Kaaba , ” he said .
The area around the Kaaba , a large black cube structure inside Mecca ’s Grand Mosque, was closed Thursday for sterilisation .
Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque normally attract hundreds of thousands of worshippers , while this week only tens of thousands attended.
The mosque’ s imam prayed for an end to the epidemic during his sermon , while praising Saudi Arabia ’s decision to suspend the year – round umrah pilgrimage over fears of the new coronavirus .
“God , I seek refuge in you from the calamity and the epidemic ,” said Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al -Juhani .
– Regional epicentre –
In Iran , which has the most COVID – 19 cases in the region, authorities have faced accusations of mismanaging the response to the outbreak .
In total 4 ,747 cases have been reported in the country , with 124 deaths.
Authorities cancelled weekly prayers in Tehran and provincial capitals .
In Iraq , prayers were cancelled in the holy Shiite city of Karbala, home of the mausoleum of the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed .
For the first time since 2003 no one delivered the sermon of Ayatollah Ali Sistani , the highest authority for millions of Shiite Muslims .
In the city of Najaf , however , campaigning by Shiite cleric Moqtada al – Sadr forced authorities to re – open the Imam Ali mausoleum , which had been closed for disinfection .
The first new coronavirus case in Iraq was identified in Najaf , which attracts millions of Iranian pilgrims annually .
– The Holy Land –
In the Palestinian territories , the first seven COVID -19 cases were confirmed Thursday , with a further 19 reported so far in Israel .
At Jerusalem ’ s Al- Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam , weekly prayers proceeded despite the Palestinian government announcing a state of emergency Thursday evening .
The mosque is managed by the Jordan Waqf ( religious organisation) , but entrances are controlled by Israel — which has banned gatherings of more than 5 ,000 people .
An AFP photographer said inside the mosque was full but the large open spaces outside — usually filled with people — were empty .
A number of worshippers wore face masks , the photographer said .
“This Friday the number of worshippers is less than last week ,” said Ammar Juwalis after praying .
“It is required of us to pray each Friday . We are trying to be careful about corona ,” the 35 – year -old said .
Jerusalem ’s Old City was unusually quiet at Friday lunchtime, an AFP journalist said , with only a few tourists wandering around , some wearing masks .
In Bethlehem , a Palestinian city about 10 kilometres ( six miles ) south of Jerusalem , authorities closed the Church of the Nativity , built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born.
The Palestinian territories ’ first COVID – 19 cases were confirmed in a Bethlehem hotel Thursday , after a group of Greek tourists visited.
Israeli authorities have banned tourist buses and visitors from Bethlehem from entering Jerusalem .
At Jerusalem ’s Western Wall , the holiest place where Jews can pray , new restrictions mean than only 5 ,000 people can visit at a time .

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He said the command would partner sister security agencies to ensure that the process went without any major incidents.
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“It is on that premise that we have deployed 5,200 of our personnel to provide security at the polling units and ensure peaceful conduct of the election.
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