Jerusalem's religious figures call for not using Israel's e-gates at Aqsa

Jerusalem's religious figures call for not using Israel's e-gates at Aqsa

Jerusalem's religious figures call for not using Israel's e-gates at Aqsa

Israel reopened the compound to Muslim worshippers on Sunday after imposing new security measures, including metal detectors at the entrance gates and additional security cameras.

"Jordan rejects any attack on the rights of Muslims", Momani said.

In a statement issued today, Arabiyat said Israel's closure of the Mosque on Friday was a unsafe and unprecedented act and constitutes an assault on the freedom of worship.

According to media reports, several Palestinians were injured during the clashes. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone later in the day as tensions heightened over the attack.

Israel's unilateral decision also triggered anger from authorities in Jordan, the custodian of the holy site.

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Israeli authorities announced the complete closure of the compound and banned Muslims and Arabs from entering it. Jordan, which is responsible for the religious administration of the site, has hitherto opposed such measures.

Some women wailed and cried, calling on worshippers not to enter.

The attack took place a little after 7 a.m. local time by the Lions' Gate in the Old City walls, next to what Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary and Jews the Temple Mount. "A chase ensued and the three terrorists were killed by police".

The gunmen, all from the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm in central Israel, were subsequently shot and killed by the police. He warned of the "repercussions of these measures or its exploitation by any side to change the religious and historical status of the holy places". The police then opened fire, shooting the terrorists dead inside the complex.

Jerusalem Police chief Yoram Halevi said Friday that officers were sweeping the Temple Mount, with the help of the Waqf, to look for further weapons and that police would make their recommendations on when to reopen the site to the government once that operation ends.

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Jews revere the site, where the two Jewish temples stood in biblical times, as the Temple Mount.

Israeli policemen came under attack from three Arabs in Jerusalem on Friday, killing two before fleeing to an ultra- sensitive holy site where they were also killed.

Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Wael Arabiyat on Saturday warned of Israel's unprecedented and persisted violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif sanctity under the pretext of containing violence and tension.

Master Sgt. Kamil Shnaan, left, and Master Sgt. Haiel Sitawe, right, the police officers killed in the terror attack next to the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem on July 14, 2017. Arab Israelis are descendants of Palestinians who remained on their land following the creation of Israel in 1948.

Police recovered two locally made automatic rifles, a pistol and a knife, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. "Israel has assured the world that it has no intention to alter the status of this holy site, a decision which the United States applauds and welcomes", he said.

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