Kashmir on Friday shut in protest against Israel's excavation and repair work around Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The strike was called by radical Islamic terrorist group Jamiatul Mujahideen.
All shops and business centres remained closed. Transport also remained off the roads, thinning people's movement. The impact of the strike looked complete as the government offices were closed due to holiday on the eve of Hindu festival Maha Shivratri.
Israel action around Al Aqsa came under severe criticism and condemnation in the Friday sermons of Imams and religious leaders all across the Valley. They described the Israeli action as an "affront to the symbols of Islam".
Reports from district headquarters also suggested shutdown in the rural parts of the Valley. The inter-district passenger service remained suspended paralysing normal life.