Palestine denounces ongoing closure of Al-Aqsa mosque

Ivan Schwartz
July 16, 2017

The Israeli prime minister said later on Friday that the compound would be gradually reopened from Sunday, dependent on security assessments.

The attackers were from the Arab Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm near the occupied West Bank.

According to a status quo in force since decades, the jews are permitted to visit the esplanade but not to pray there.

"It is not unreasonable for Israel to have thought that the way to maintain peace and to maintain order and to keep passions down would be to have the mosque closed for the day", he explained.

In the hours after the attack Israeli security officers detained Jerusalem Grand Mufti Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, who called on Muslims to defy the Israeli closure.

Friday noon prayers mark the highlight of the Muslim religious week.

But the owner of a book wholesale shop in the Old City was also turned away.

With the shrine off limits, the faithful lined up near Damascus Gate and other entrances to the Old City. Worshippers dispersed after the prayers without incident. Two Israeli officers were also killed during the clashes. Police gave chase and killed the three assailants.

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The armed assailants were seen on security camera footage emerging to carry out the attack in the sacred compound that Jews refer to as Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

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After the attackers retreated to the mosque complex, teams of Israeli police forces entered the esplanade in pursuit and opened fire, killing three.

Napier said Israeli forces and settlers have a long history of carrying out atrocious acts against Palestinians; so, the oppressed people have the right to use military acts to defend themselves.

An Israeli ambulance service said three men suffered gunshot wounds during the attack.

Toronto- Closed since Friday morning following the shooting deaths of five people, the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City has become the focal point of rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

The closing of the Temple Mount is an explosive measure on its own, however.

In the past two years, Palestinian assailants have killed 45 Israelis, two Americans and a British tourist in various attacks involving stabbings, shootings and vehicle crashes.

Other reports by GizPress

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