Muslims riot against new Temple Mount security measures

Muslims riot against new Temple Mount security measures

Israel took the highly unusual decision to close the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for Friday prayers, leading to anger from Muslims and Jordan, the holy site's custodian.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of the security measures late Saturday before departing for a trip to Paris.

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The soldiers invaded homes in Jerusalem's Old City, interrogated many Palestinians, and abducted three young men, identified as Jihad Nasser Qous, Abdullah Da'na, and Fadi al-Metwer.

The official Palestinian Authority Wafa news agency is reporting on the hundreds of Muslims who are holding prayers outside the gates to the Temple Mount.

"I can confirm that the two police officers who were previously in critical condition have died of their wounds in hospital", Rosenfeld said.

"We will also install security cameras on poles outside the Temple Mount but which give nearly complete control over what goes on there".

The area, in the eastern part of Jerusalem captured by Israel in a 1967 Middle East war, houses the Aqsa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock.

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"The holiest site at which Jews can pray here is the Western Wall €" among the last remnants of the Second Temple. Four Palestinians were also arrested.

Speaking to reporters following a cabinet meeting in Ankara, Kurtulmuş noted that the mosque, which is located in Jerusalem, is regarded as one of the holiest places for Muslims.

In light of the metal detector installation, Jordan's Islamic religious affairs authority at Al Aqsa (The Waqf) was "outraged", according to reports.

Usta also mentioned Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan's remarks on Al-Aqsa Mosque: "Al-Aqsa Mosque is in our power".

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

Israel blames Palestinian leaders for incitement to violence while the Palestinians charge Israel's military occupation and attempts to change the delicate status quo at the contested holy site as the factors behind the violent attacks.

Fridays in Jerusalem are often a time of heightened security as it's the holy day of the week for Muslims and Shabbat for Jews begins at sundown.

It was among the most serious incidents in recent years in Jerusalem and heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

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