Abbas says suspension of Israeli contacts to continue

Palestinian leader calls for removal of all recent Israeli security measures in Jerusalem 

Abbas says suspension of Israeli contacts to continue

World Bulletin / News Desk

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday said the suspension of all contacts with Israel, including security coordination, will continue unless the situation in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa returns to normal.

"All Israeli measures in Jerusalem must be removed and the situation in Al-Aqsa should return to how it was before July 14," Abbas said at the beginning of a meeting with the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah.

“All the Israeli measures before July 14 are supposed to be removed immediately," he said, adding: "We will monitor what happened from that day to the present day and we will act accordingly."

Anger has spilled across the West Bank since last week when Israel shut the Al-Aqsa Mosque, venerated by Muslims and Jews -- who call the site Temple Mount -- following a deadly shootout.

The mosque was reopened after two days, with Israel installing metal detectors and cameras at its gates.

Three Palestinians were killed last Friday in protests against the Israeli measures around the holy site. Three Israelis were also killed in an attack in a settlement in the West Bank. 

Israel's security cabinet decided late on Monday to remove the metal detectors. A statement released after the meeting said a new surveillance system using "smart checks" based on advanced technology would be put in place.

Jerusalem is sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians, and Al-Aqsa Mosque represents the Islamic world's third holiest site after the cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. 


Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Temmuz 2017, 11:17