Jerusalem's Muslims to return to pray at Al-Aqsa

Posted July 28, 2017

On July 14, an attack by three Arab Israelis on two Druze Israeli policemen at the Temple Mount precipitated a wave of violence that is still ongoing as of this date. The guard and other diplomats arrived home on Monday after a deal that a Jordanian government source said also involved the mosque compound.

"The network moreover reiterates that it will continue covering the news and events of the occupied Palestinian territories, and elsewhere, both professionally and objectively", the statement said.

Guterres' statement was issued Wednesday evening at United Nations headquarters in NY after rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas issued calls for mass protests by Muslims against Israel on Friday over security measures installed at a contested site.

Israel removed the last of the new security measures today and Palestinians ended a boycott of the site, which includes Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

Israel removed early Thursday the final barriers, few days after removing metal detectors placed outside Lions Gate that leads to Al-Aqsa compound.

Palestinians viewed the installation of the surveillance equipment as Israel asserting further control.

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The White House hailed the decision "despite the demonstrated need to enhance security at the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif in the wake of the murder of two Israeli police officers at the site on July 14", Spicer said.

Israel last night removed all new security measures from Jerusalem's al-Asqa mosque, following intense protest and one of the bloodiest clashes with Palestine in years.

"Things have returned to what they were, so we will pray in Al Aqsa", the Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein told the Saudi-based news station Al Arabiye.

In response to the incident, Israel put up metal detectors, installed security cameras, and restricted access to the site.

Israel said the security measures were necessary to prevent more attacks and are standard procedure to ensure safety at sites around the world, however Palestinians claimed Israel was trying to expand its control over the site.

"We never saw this kind of win for our people", he told Al Jazeera.

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Tensions culminated on Friday July 21, which Palestinians declared as the "Day of Rage". The prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque would resume, the leaders added.

The prime minister has also faced backlash among Israelis for his decision to install the metal detectors after the attack at such an ultra-sensitive site, with many calling it a miscalculation from which he was forced to back down.

The continued stand-off highlighted the deep distrust between Israel and the Palestinians when it comes to the holy site.

However, as soon as the compound was reopened for Muslims, reports of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces started to appear with numbers of injuries ranging between 40 to 100.

Israel captured East Jerusalem, including the walled Old City and the Aqsa compound, in the 1967 Middle East war.

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But after consultations with security chiefs and members of his security cabinet, Mr Netanyahu decided not to order them removed. Israel sealed off the site in the aftermath of the attack, saying the closure was necessary to carry out security checks .