Prayers at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque end peacefully

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 29, 2017

It came amid tensions at a Jerusalem holy site where prayers ended peacefully on Friday after two weeks of unrest.

Raed Saleh, a resident of occupied East Jerusalem, said that this was a victory for Palestinians.

Qatar also calls upon the worldwide community and its organisations to assume their responsibilities towards this unprecedented Israeli aggression and to immediately intervene to enforce its resolutions, especially in the protection of Islamic and Christian sanctities, and to protect the Palestinian people in their land and holy sites.

On Sunday night in Amman, an Israeli embassy security guard shot dead a Jordanian who attacked him with a screwdriver, Israeli officials said. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported four people were injured.

Waqf leaders had not entered al-Aqsa to pray after Israel's decision to install new security measures, and many Muslims follow the lead of the Waqf. Women of all ages were allowed in.

They also called for all mosques in the area to shut down on Friday and direct worshippers to the al-Aqsa Mosque instead.

Police earlier barred men under the age of 50 from praying amid fears of disturbances.

Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest shrine, sits on a tree-lined plateau in the heart of the Old City.

Rosenfeld says some Palestinians barricaded themselves inside Al-Aqsa Mosque overnight in order to join protests later. Police said stones were thrown at officers.

Speaking at the rally, Ramazan Kayan from Anatolia Students' Union said al-Quds is a source of pride and honor for Turkey, and the "people in Turkey share the grief and pain of Palestinian people".

Earlier on Thursday, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement that prayers would resume at the 37-acre compound after two weeks of boycotting the site because of new security measures.

In previous days, Muslims refused to enter the compound and prayed in the streets outside to protest against the security measures, which Palestinians viewed as Israel asserting further control over the site.

Israeli authorities said the metal detectors were needed because the July 14 attackers smuggled guns into the site and emerged from it to attack the officers.

The United States lauded "the efforts undertaken to de-escalate tensions in Jerusalem".

The dispute erupted after Israel installed metal detectors, cameras and steel barriers at Muslim entrances to the Aqsa compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, following the July 14 killing of two Israeli policemen by Arab gunmen who had concealed weapons inside the walled plaza.

A ministry statement on Friday says the meeting - to be attended by OIC foreign ministers - will be held on August 1 in Istanbul.

Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem thanked God "for his mercy and the Jerusalem community and religious leaders for their steadfastness" and congratulated them "for this victorious day of nonviolent resilience". Palestinians say violence stems from anger at decades of Israeli rule in territories they claim.

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