Israeli forces attack worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque

Posted July 19, 2017

Tensions surrounding the site, holy to both Muslims and Jews, remain high after Israel installed metal detectors and addition CCTV cameras following Friday's attack.

A masked militant, representing the pro-Hamas Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) in Gaza, told the press that the military wings cannot keep silent for the "endless daily Israeli violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque", one of top holy Muslim sites.

The Palestinian Fatah party, led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called for a "Day of Rage" on Wednesday to protest new Israeli security measures at the contested Jerusalem holy site after a deadly shooting attack that killed two policemen last week.

Overnight Tuesday, Muslim protesters rioted in Arab villages in eastern Jerusalem against Israel's new Temple Mount security checks.

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The compound was largely empty on Monday apart from tourists and Jewish visitors, with Muslims again praying and protesting outside the site instead of entering through the metal detectors.

The compound was reopened Sunday after Israel implemented additional security measures, including metal detectors at the compound to prevent further incidents. Israeli officials said they were a permanent measure but many worshippers refused to go through them and preferred to pray outside the compound.

"We call for an end to all the Zionist measures and for the extremist government to take its hands off the blessed Al Aqsa mosque", it said.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said that, after prayers ended, some of the dozens of worshippers had started throwing rocks and bottles at police officers, and dispersal means were used.

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Earlier, Fatah called for a "day of rage" across the occupied West bank, urging demonstrations and protests at Israeli checkpoints.

The site was to be reopened around noon on Sunday.

In a statement, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that Israeli forces removed worshippers at Lions' Gate for allegedly blocking the street while performing prayers.

Israel's Magen David Adom ambulance service said two of the soldiers were slightly wounded.

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The council also slammed Israel for its attempts to change the historical reality in the mosque and the installation of electronic gates; which the council considered as a unsafe unprecedented move that did not occur for nearly half a century, specifically since the burning of al-Aqsa mosque in 1969.