UN Chief Condemns Attacks In Old City Of Jerusalem

Pauline Gross
July 16, 2017

Having said that, Zalzberg also feels that any permanent shift to the current agreement governing the mosque's day-to-day operations is unlikely.

"Temple Mount activists have become more emboldened, and the police attitude toward the Jewish activists has become more cooperative and generous", he said.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Hamas in Gaza summoned a cartoonist and others for questioning regarding posts they had on social media.

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

Since the exchange, the city gates have been closed and no one is allowed in or out, including Christian clergy and residents of the Old City.

The israeli Arabs are the descendants of Palestinians stayed on their land to the creation of Israel in 1948. They added they were still working to identify the attackers. Police gave chase and killed the three assailants.

In 2015, Israeli soldiers stormed the mosque that resulted in days of violence and clashes.

Wael Arabiyat, Jordan's Islamic affairs minister, warned that keeping Al-Aqsa mosque closed is "dangerous" and "unprecedented", after Amman called for its immediate reopening.

Abbas condemned the attack and said he rejects "any violence from any party, particularly at holy sites", said the official Palestinian news agency WAFA. The statement called on the worldwide community to assume its responsibility in halting these violations.

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Israel's minister of public security Gilad Erdan said "the terrorists had desecrated the sanctity" of the site.

Ma'an also reported that around 60 worshipers who were at the Mosque around the time of the attack were detained and interrogated, along with 15 of the mosque's guards.

Hussein called the closure "an escalation and aggression against al-Aqsa", the Arab-language name of the compound.

Hundreds of muslims have prayed on the sidewalks outside different gates of the old city, found journalists from AFP.

Police said the attack occurred shortly after 7am.

His son said he was released without charge after being questioned over his call for Muslims to come to Jerusalem. The attackers were killed by police, stoking fears of more religion-based violence.

It lies in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community.

Netanyahu ordered that mourning tents in the Um El Fahm be banned, indicating the potential to sow tensions between Israeli Jews and the country's one-fifth Arab minority.

Jordan is a controlling force over the Waqf, the Mount's Islamic custodians. Israeli authorities then shut the compound down citing security concerns, just hours before Muslim Friday prayers.

Other reports by GizPress

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