Israel reopens Jerusalem's Al Aqsa after deadly shooting

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

Police said the gunmen opened fired as they made their way from the shrine toward Lions' Gate, an opening in Jerusalem's Old City walls.

Israel reopened the area at 1:00 p.m. Friday, but only after installing metal detectors and security cameras.

Police said some worshippers refused to go through them and knelt to pray outside instead. Netanyahu said in his statement after the attack that the current rules would be maintained. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammad Hussein, urged Palestinians to defy the closure and he was later reported to have been detained.

"We reject the changes imposed by the Israeli government", Sheikh Omar Kiswani, Al Aqsa director, told reporters outside the site where midday Muslim prayers were held on Sunday.

Ignoring nearly completely the unprovoked attack on the policemen, Muslim leaders from Israel and from across the Arab world accused the Jewish state of moving the region closer to religious conflict.

Early on Sunday, Israeli police said security forces shot dead a Palestinian assailant behind a pair of recent shooting attacks.

The Israeli police and military had been looking for the suspect whom they believed had carried out two shooting attacks on Israelis in the West Bank Saturday. The suspect opened fire with an automatic weapon, prompting the troops to return fire, killing him. In just two years as a result of these attacks killed 42 Israelis.

Palestinians have expressed concern that new security measures on the site would signal an Israeli grab for more control of the compound. 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.

"I condemn this attack as a cruel act in a place that is holy to many people".

The Jerusalem shrine has been the scene of repeated confrontations, including during the current wave of violence.

Police tracked three alleged Palestinian perpetrators to the mosque compound where they subsequently shot and killed them. Jews were not allowed to visit Judaism's holiest site, but were permitted to resume visits on Monday.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE