Muslims collectively performs Friday prayer after two months in Turkey
After more than two months, Muslims collectively performed Friday prayer, which was banned to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In Diyarbakır, a province of southeastern Turkey, people rushed to mosques with adequate courtyard or open areas to perform the prayer.
Because of the curfew for those over 65 and under 20 years old, checkpoints were set up at the entrance of the spaces that were singled out for Friday prayers.
Worshipers remained within walking distance and wore masks during the prayer.
Citizens did not fit into the spaces and flooded the streets of the city. Immediately after the Friday prayers, the citizens left the areas.
On March 16, the Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey's top religious authority, announced a nationwide ban on prayer gatherings, including Friday prayers as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. (ILKHA)