Al Aqsa Mosque closure: 50 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli police

Palestinian Muslim worshipers, who refuse to enter al-Aqsa Mosque compound due to new measures by Israeli regime, pray near a main entrance to the religious site in the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds, on July 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Palestinian Muslim worshipers, who refuse to enter al-Aqsa Mosque compound due to new measures by Israeli regime, pray near a main entrance to the religious site in the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds, on July 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The Red Crescent reported on Tuesday that some 50 Palestinians were wounded in overnight clashes with Israeli police near a Jerusalem site holy to Jews and Muslims.

The Red Crescent said among the 50 wounded Palestinians, 15 of them were hit by rubber bullets.

The rioting was sparked by new security measures introduced over the weekend by the Israelis after police were attacked at the site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Jerusalem Grand Mufti Mohammed Hussein criticised the new measures which included metal detectors and turnstiles at the entrance to the site as altering the status quo.

The Palestinians feared that Israel would retake control of the site by stealth.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that he did not want to alter the status quo, which gives Muslims religious control over the site and permits Jews to visit but not pray there.

The site is sacred to both religions, as it houses the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock shrine, Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca and Medina, but also the ruins of the Biblical Jewish Temple.

Questions about control of the site frequently lead to outbursts of fighting.

Two Israeli police officers were killed and another injured after three men opened fire on security officers working at the site.

The attackers, believed to be Israeli Arabs, were also killed, Israel then closed off the area, preventing Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque.

In its reaction, President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party on Tuesday called for a “Day of Rage’’ as 50 Palestinians were wounded in overnight clashes near a Jerusalem site.

The “Day of Rage’’ is set to take place on Wednesday over new security measures introduced at the weekend by the Israelis after police were attacked at the site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements have also called for protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the new security measures, which include metal detectors and turnstiles at the entrance to the site.

(dpa/NAN)


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  • Frank Bassey

    Israel must be hard on these wicked, insensitive, unkind, inhuman, devil-blooded Muslim Palestinians, before they act the scripts written by their brothers – North Korea, Iran and other Arab nations whose only noble job is violence, killing and blood-letting.

    • Abdussalami Yaro

      Yes, disciple of the Anti-Christ. Surely, we shall know ye by your fruits.

      • Frank Bassey

        The fruits are already low-hanging: Al Shabbab, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Taliban, ISIS, ISIL … Tell me the contribution of these Anti-Christ bodies tos human development. I am waiting, please. But be sincere.

        • Abdussalami Yaro

          Sorry my bro. Regarding the organizations you mention, I have problem calling them Anti-Christ and Anti-Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). I will never engage myself in hate comment because of infractions of a very few amongst us. Criminality is not exclusive to only one ethnic group or religion, anywhere in the world. Your earlier comment is unfortunate. If you are a Christian, you should read your Holy book well and try reading the Islamic Holy book as well, from there you will understand that there is very little difference from the two Holy books. But will only understand that when you remove sentiments in your mind. It may interest you to know that, no Muslim is a true Muslim unless be believes in Jesus Christ, (May the Peace of Allah be with Him). Your blind support for Jews is totally misplaced, if you remember that, the Jews Crucified Jesus Christ. Again, you should know that Palestine is not wholly owned by Muslims. There are large number of Christians who are also fighting the Jewish State if Israel for occupying their land, along side Palestinean Muslims. If you support Israel against Palestinean, your are inadvertingly supporting the killing of your Christian Brothers, or because they are Arabs, you have nothing to do with them? I hope you got my point.