Al Aqsa Mosque to reopen today

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 16, 2017

Al Jazeera reported that following the incident, Israeli police cleared the Al-Aqsa Mosque and closed it to the public.

Following the phone call, Netanyahu said in a statement that the site would be open gradually to Muslim worshipers, tourists and visitors from Sunday noon.

Clamping down on Muslim worship at the holy mosque and sealing the same amounts to a flagrant violation of worldwide law as well as global human rights instruments, namely the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR 1948) and the worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR 1966) to which Israel is a signatory, clearly enshrine the right to freedom of religion, of which freedom of worship forms an integral part.

This is the first time since 1969 that Muslim worshipers were banned from performing Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli police banned last Friday's Muslim prayers at Al Aqsa mosque after two Israeli policemen were shot dead in a shooting near the site. Similar calls were made by Arab and Muslim officials around the world. The attackers were Muslim citizens of Israel.

The Ministry called on the global community to immediately move against the continuous Israeli aggressions on Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Jerusalem, as well as Israel's indifference to worldwide resolutions on Jerusalem and the occupied territories.

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The site is also holy to Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount.

The Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Palestinians fearing Israel may one day seek to assert further control over it.

Netanyahu's office said security would be increased with metal detectors at the entrances to the site and security cameras outside it.

Jews are allowed to visit but not pray there to avoid provoking tensions.

A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of at least 281 Palestinians or Arab Israelis, 44 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese, and a Briton, according to an AFP toll.

The violence had greatly subsided in recent months.

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