Jordanians express outrage over Al Aqsa closure

Jordanians express outrage over Al Aqsa closure

Jordanians express outrage over Al Aqsa closure

Sources also reported the apprehension of four Palestinian females at Bab al-Asbat (Lions' Gates) in Quds' Old City Walls, without characterizing the nature of the arrests.

Following the phone call, Netanyahu said in a statement that the site would be open gradually to Muslim worshipers, tourists and visitors from Sunday noon.

The Ministry reiterated UAE's rejection of any violation of the right of Muslim to practice their religion freely in their holy sites without restrictions and warned against any attempt to change the legal and historic status in Jerusalem or to impose a new fait accompli in Al Aqsa Mosque and Al Haram Al Sharif.

ISRAEL said on Saturday it will reopen the ultra-sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City whose closure after deadly shootings sparked anger from Muslims and Jordan, the holy site's custodian. Similar calls were made by Arab and Muslim officials around the world.

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"Malaysia strongly denounces Israel's closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque".

Jordanian MP Kais Zayadin, rapporteur of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament, wrote a post on social media calling on the global community to set punishments for Israel, as it has "executed unarmed Palestinian citizens, without a trial".

On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has indicated that the mosque will stay closed until at least Sunday while security was assessed, rubbishing Jordan's criticism.

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

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Jews who also consider it their most sacred site are allowed to visit but not pray there to avoid provoking tensions.

The Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Palestinians fearing Israel may one day seek to assert further control over it.

"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.

He was referring to the start of Israel's occupation of east Jerusalem, which it later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community.

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