Temple Mount attack: Israel Police to arrest Hebron mufti suspected of incitement

18 Luglio, 2017, 05:50 | Autore: Alighiero Casassa
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Israel made the rare move after three Palestinian terrorists opened fire there Friday, killing two Israeli police officers before being shot dead. "We will also install security cameras outside the Temple Mount, in a way that gives us nearly complete control over what goes on there", Netanyahu said in his statement late Saturday night.

"About 200 Muslims came to the Temple Mount to take part in the afternoon prayer", the Israeli police press service said.

Israeli occupation forces were on Saturday shutting down Al-Aqsa Mosque for the second day after Friday's operation near the holy site that killed two Israeli police.

Israeli border policemen install metal detectors outside the Lion's Gate, a main entrance to al-Aqsa mosque compound, in Jerusalem's Old City, on July 16, 2017.

Youssef Ideiss, Palestinian Minister of Waqf and Religious Affairs, said the Authority would not allow any party to damage the sovereignty of the Mosque.

Abbas also demanded the cancellation of Israeli measures closing Al-Aqsa Mosque to worshippers, according to WAFA.

The ministry said Malaysia demanded that Israel immediately re-open the Al-Aqsa Mosque to Muslim worshippers and cease any action that would change the status quo of the Islamic holy site. A body could be seen on the ground near the Al-Aqsa mosque at the site in Jerusalem's Old City.

Israel will reopen the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound on Sunday, a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bassam Al Halaq, a senior official of Awqaf, an Islamic authority in charge of Al-Aqsa, told Al-Jazeera that the Israeli police were searching the entire compound, breaking through doors. The Waqf said that the measures were a breach of the status quo. It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming all of al-AQsa mosque as Israeli's capital, a move never recognized by the global community. Since October 2015, violent incidents and other unrest have killed more than 270 Palestinians, more than 40 Israelis and a small group of foreigners.

"The path to peace, for which both Israelis and Palestinians yearn, can not be paved with violence", the US bishops said.

The fate of the compound, holy to both Jews and Muslims, is an emotional issue and forms the centerpiece of rival Israeli and Palestinian national narratives.