Al-Quds Mufti: Jews Inside the Mosque, Muslims in the Street

Al-Quds Mufti: Jews Inside the Mosque, Muslims in the Street

Muslim worshippers held protest outside the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Monday morning, as Israel reopened the compound to Isaelis for the first time since Friday's deadly assault.

Earlier in the day, Israeli forces attacked Palestinians staging a sit-in outside the compound's main entrance for the third consecutive day after Tel Aviv implemented the new measures that ban worshipers from performing their prayers freely in the mosque.

Palestinian rioters clashed with Israeli police on Tuesday night in Jerusalem's Old City for the second night in a row.

One man was lightly wounded in the Saturday shooting, the Israeli military said.

The new security measures are likely to be controversial.

Palestinians want to establish an independent state in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

Crowds chanted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) as a number of initial visitors entered occupied Jerusalem's Haram Al-Sharif compound on Sunday when the Holy mosque was re-opened after it was closed on Friday.

Instructed by Islamist groups and Muslim religious authority managing the Temple Mount, Waqf, Muslims refused to go through metal detectors and prayed outside.

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.

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Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

Tension has mounted around the al-Aqsa compound since two Israeli policemen surveying the area were shot and killed on Friday.

The activists also ignore that metal detectors have been in place for years for Jewish and Christian worshipers accessing the Western Wall.

"We will continue praying around the al-Aqsa until they remove the electronic metal detectors", he said.

Palestinians rejected the Israeli insistence that the metal detectors were required in light of the ongoing violence and use of fire arms.

It all took place on the day the Palestinian Authority's Fatah faction called for a "Day of Rage". He said that security measures of this kind are commonplace in the world.

"What is happening is gross aggression and a risky Israeli plan. that will increase tensions in Jerusalem specifically and the region generally, explode the situation, and ignite a religious war", he said.

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.

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