Thousands join Iraq's first weekly prayers since Covid-19

Thousands of supporters of Iraqi clericMoqtada al-Sadrgathered at a mosque in east Baghdad on Friday for the first weekly prayers since the onset of theCovid-19 pandemic.Iraq’s mosques have been closed to gatherings for close to six months, but notoriously outspoken Sadr said on Wednesday that he would hold open-air prayers in his stronghold.In east Baghdad’s Sadr City on Friday, worshippers put on medical masks and gloves and had their temperatures taken before being allowed into the courtyard of the main mosque, where volunteers were spraying disinfectant.”We urge everyone to abide by social…

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