Abbas' Fatah party calls for 'day of rage' following Temple Mount clashes
- Author: Megan Austin Jul 20, 2017,
Jul 20, 2017, 0:49
Safeguards now, of utilizing metal detectors, are direly needed to prevent future terror, and to protect worshippers of all faiths.
Earlier, six Palestinian worshippers were injured in clashes with the Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa Mosque's Al-Asbat Gate, among them the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) Mustafa Al-Barghouthi.
Palestinians have already been performing prayers outside the compound in protest since it was reopened on Sunday after a two-day closure.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police who regularly patrol Jerusalem's Old City use stun grenades in clashes, but are not routinely armed with rubber bullets.
"Palestinians see it as all part of the same narrative, and that is why these metal detectors are taking on such much weight". Palestinians claim Israel is trying to expand control over the Muslim-run site that is also revered by Jews.
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The occupied lands have witnessed tensions ever since Israeli forces imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into al-Aqsa Mosque compound two years ago. Worshippers were asked to pray in the streets rather than submit to the new security procedures. Never mind that Saudi king Salman, who is the official custodian of the Temple Mount's mosques, expressed a full understanding of the Israeli security upgrade.
Several Palestinians ignored the call, while at the second entrance more people headed into the compound, Reuters photographers said. He said security forces also beat the protesters with batons. He said it was God's doing that made Muslims boycott the site. "We will have the upper hand and the stronger say if the occupation continues with its plans at Al-Aqsa mosque", they added. By Tuesday, five of the eight gates used by Muslims had been fitted with metal detectors, and three of those five gates were open, Muslim officials said.
Abdullah condemned the attack, but also called on Netanyahu to reopen the Al Aqsa compound and stressed the need to "avoid any escalation at the site". A police statement said one person was arrested for rioting. A few of the attacks had been carried out by Arab Israeli citizens. Palestinians sources reported dozens of injured, while two police officers were lightly injured. It is the holiest site in Judaism and the nearby Western Wall, a remnant of one of the temples, is the holiest place where Jews can pray.
Muslims believe the hilltop marks the spot from which the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.
He said Israel's respect for the historic and legal status in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the end of all attempts to create new facts on the ground is the key to restoring calm in the Holy shrines.