Riots In Jerusalem Over Security Checks Prompted By Terrorist Attack

Riots In Jerusalem Over Security Checks Prompted By Terrorist Attack

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

The Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound is seen in Jerusalem's Old City Saturday, July 15, 2017. Even though the holy places in Saudi Arabia have metal detectors and tight security, the problem here is that Jews are the ones who are enforcing the security - which is humiliating to them.

Police released images of what they said were the assailants' weapons, including a knife, a pistol and a homemade automatic firearm.

Although the Al-Aqsa mosque has since been reopened after a two-day closure, its president Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam denounced the move, saying it was a violation of the rights of Muslims to conduct prayers at the holy mosque.

Clashes erupted outside Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday as Israeli authorities implemented new security measures at the mosque entrance. Two of the nine gates to the site, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, were back in operation in what Israel described as a gradual reopening.

Omar Kiswani, director of al-Aqsa Mosque, told reporters outside the site that "the closure, the occupation, and the prevention of the call for prayers are all unfair and unjust and constitute a violation of the United Nations resolutions and the worldwide agreements".

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Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks.

Palestinians subsequently rioted in Jerusalem, clashing with Israeli security forces near the Old City's Lion's Gate entrance.

With tensions high, two mosques in the northern Israeli Arab town of Maghar were targeted overnight, one with a stun grenade and another by gunshots.

All three attackers were shot and killed, and the area was closed off, according to Rosenfeld. Both of the officers were from the Druze minority, Arabs who belong to an offshoot of Shia Islam.

Mahmoud Abbas, who was quick to condemn the shooting attacks in a telephone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is now in Beijing on a three-day visit to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.

A Palestinian driver rammed his vehicle into a group of Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday and was shot dead by the troops, the Israeli military said.

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