Temple Mount to be opened to prayers on Sunday

Temple Mount to be opened to prayers on Sunday

Temple Mount to be opened to prayers on Sunday

The three papers said President Mahmoud Abbas had condemned the attack and the closure of the mosque, saying he telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to condemn both the attack and the mosque closure.

Israeli police said they had no comment. "I am afraid they will do the same in Al-Aqsa", said Basem Khoury, a prominent Jerusalem figure and former PNA economy minister.

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

On the images of a video shot on the esplanade and broadcast in the media, israelis and palestinians, an exchange of gunfire is audible. "For now, the restrictions on travel to the Old City have been extended through at least Sunday".

The Palestinian victims were identified as Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamid Abd al-Latif Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufdal Jabarin, 19.

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. Police gave chase and killed the three assailants.

The compound is the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam.

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Violent clashes on the Temple Mount have been the spark for prolonged and deadly waves of Israeli-Palestinian violence in the past.

The site includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres condemned the attack, adding: "This incident has the potential to ignite further violence".

It was the first time since 1969 that Friday prayers were not held at the holy mosque.

"Israel's move to close the al-Aqsa mosque compound to the Palestinian worshipers is blameworthy and reproachable", Bahram Qassemi said, adding the closure violates the basic principles of human rights and humanitarian law.

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

"Yesterday, the Holy City of Jerusalem - which means "City of Peace" - became a scene of terror", Trump said in a statement released via White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Twitter.

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Israeli security forces later detained the grand Mufti as crowds gathered in the Old City following the attack.

In a statement issued at the permanent headquarters in the Saudi city of Jeddah, the OIC described the repressive measure taken by Israel as an offense and a serious precedent, a blatant attack on holy places and the rights and freedoms of Palestinians to practice their religious rites.

It is located in East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war.

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.

The site is administered by the Islamic Waqf organisation.

Some witnesses said that Israeli forces entered the mosque compound with shoes on, which is highly disrespectful to the sacred space, and also proceeded to dump out garbage containers on the floor, claiming to be "searching" them. The three attackers had just left the religious complex and opened fire on police nearby, using improvised machine guns, authorities said.

The other two papers, al-Quds and al-Ayyam, had more or less similar front page headline summing up the developments in Jerusalem on Friday morning.

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Temple Mount was closed following the deadly shoot-out for security reasons, and all activities at the site were suspended. The compound is at the fault line of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has triggered major confrontations in the past.

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