NEWS Turkish mosques reopen for mass prayers
By Sule Abdulrahman
1 month ago
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Turkish mosques on Friday reopened for mass
prayers more than two months after they had
shutdown, as the government eased restrictions
aimed at stopping the spread of the
Turkey has been shifting since May to a “ new
normal ” by loosening lockdown measures and
opening shopping malls, barbers and hair
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said many
other sites – restaurants and cafes as well as
libraries , parks and beaches — will reopen
Hundreds of worshippers wearing protective
masks performed mass prayers outside
Istanbul’ s historic Blue Mosque for the first
time since mosques were shut down in March .
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In Fatih mosque, worshippers prayed both
inside and outside , with the municipality
handing out disinfectants and disposable
Gulcek Uyanik , 55 , expressed his gratitude at
being able to resume mass prayers .
“ I have waited a lot for this, I have prayed a
lot . I can say it ’ s like a new birth, thanks to
God , he has brought us back here , ” he said .
Another worshipper, Asum Tekif, 50 , said : “ It
has a been a long time , it has been two months ,
we missed the mosques . ”
Turkey , a country of 83 million , has so far
recorded 4 , 461 coronavirus - related deaths and
nearly 161, 000 confirmed cases.[NewsNaira]
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