UAE condemns closer of Al Aqsa Mosque, warns of consequences

Pauline Gross
July 16, 2017

Some 1,000 Jordanians have held a demonstration to vent their anger at Israel's closure of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound to Muslim worshippers following a deadly gunfight at the holy site.

One Jerusalemite said on his social media account: "Before criticising the shooting, people living outside of Palestine should look at the bigger picture and think why Israelis are still living in Palestine and attacking Al Aqsa Mosque on a daily basis".

Jordan Engineers Association also said in a statement sent to the Jordan Times that the al-Aqsa Mosque closure was a "terrorist act" that contradicted the global law and shows Tel Aviv's "disrespect" for Muslims.

"Metal detectors will be stationed at the entrance gates to Temple Mount and cameras covering activity on the mount will be installed outside it", the statement read. "This is punishment", said Bader Jweihan, 53, an accountant who was denied entry. "Tourists come", the owner of a book wholesale shop in the Old City said, adding that he usually prays at Al-Aqsa every day.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Netanyahu spoke by phone on Friday as tensions rose. The attackers were Muslim citizens of Israel.

Hussein was released later Friday after being questioned over his call for Muslims to come to Jerusalem following the closure, another of his sons said.

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Al Jazeera reported that following the incident, Israeli police cleared the Al-Aqsa Mosque and closed it to the public.

The Ministry called on the global community to immediately move against the continuous Israeli aggressions on Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Jerusalem, as well as Israel's indifference to worldwide resolutions on Jerusalem and the occupied territories.

It is the third-holiest site in Islam and the most sacred for Jews.

More than 300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since October 2015, when the tensions intensified.

Others were shot dead in protests and clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

Other reports by GizPress

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