Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque after two-day closure

Israeli authorities ordered metal detectors to be installed at gates of Al-Aqsa mosque

Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque after two-day closure

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israel on Sunday allowed Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to be reopened after a two-day closure following a deadly shootout.

In statements ahead of his departure to Paris late Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered metal detectors installed at the gates as part of new security measures to be introduced at the holy site, also revered by Jews as the Temple Mount.

"We will also install security cameras on poles outside the Temple Mount but which give almost complete control over what goes on there. I decided that as of tomorrow, in the framework of our policy of maintaining the status-quo, we will gradually open the Temple Mount, but with increased security measures," he said.

The mosque was closed and Friday prayers cancelled for the first time since Israel occupied east Jerusalem in 1967 after a gunfight inside the compound on Friday morning killed two Israeli police officers and the three alleged Palestinian attackers.

Firas Dibs, spokesman for the Islamic Waqf which runs the site, confirmed reports that workers from the Israeli-run Jerusalem municipality had entered the site Sunday morning to clean it before it was reopened – a move they said was unprecedented.

The Waqf said police have confiscated keys to the site and dozens of officers had been stationed outside the main mosque.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the holy site would be reopened to regular visits by Muslims, Jews and tourists from Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian was killed in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, and another arrested, after he allegedly opened fire on Israeli forces during an overnight raid Sunday.

An Israeli police statement said 34-year-old Amar Khalil was suspected of carrying out two shootings in the occupied West Bank on Saturday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Temmuz 2017, 10:54
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