King of Saudi Arabia Personally Intervenes in Temple Mount Crisis

Posted July 19, 2017

The heads of Palestinian militant factions in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday slammed Israel over measures taken in the wake of a deadly terror attack at Jerusalem's flashpoint Temple Mount holy site saying that its "aggression" on the compound's Al-Aqsa mosque would be "the spark that ignites the entire region".

Tanzim, the armed faction of Fatah, also announced that Friday prayers will be held in the centers of Palestinian cities and that the sermons be dedicated to the Al-Aqsa mosque and against the new security measures, Ynet reported.

At least 50 Palestinian protesters were wounded Monday night in clashes with Israeli security forces on the compound.

The sacred, but contested site, was closed for the first time in decades after two Israeli police officers were shot dead by three Arab-Israeli attackers Friday. In Islam, the same structure is referred to as the Noble Sanctuary, with Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock as the third holiest site for Muslims.

Arab News referring to an Elaph report said: "Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised U.S. officials that he had chose to restore the status quo at the mosque which is what the Muslim world and the residents of Jerusalem have been demanding".

The act provoked several Muslims, who made a decision to protest outside the mosque's compound rather than enter.

Israeli police have beefed up security, deploying hundreds of troops and erecting roadblocks at the entrances of Jerusalem's Old City, barring non-residents from entering.

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Fatah Central Committee Member Jamal Muhaisen said that protest is necessary until the metal detectors are removed.

They began reopening it on Sunday, but with metal detectors in place, while security cameras were also being installed in the area.

Palestinians have already been performing prayers outside the compound in protest, since it was reopened on Sunday after a two-day closure.

"I assume that with time they will understand that this is not awful", he told Army Radio.

He added: 'When I go shopping on Friday I pass through a detector at the mall.

In the past two years, Palestinians have killed 45 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks.

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