31 Dec. 1999
Jerusalem, Israel - State of
Muslim worshipers fill the grounds outside the al-Aksa mosque on the last Friday of Ramadan, December 31. About 400,000 Muslims packed Islam's thrid holiest shrine during this holy month of fasting and prayer. Israel deployed thousands of police to oversee Friday prayers and possible millenial turmoil from extremists drawn to holy sites by doomsday prophecies.