Palestinian worshippers hurt in clash with 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

Palestinian worshippers hurt in clash with police

Clashes around the compound have been ongoing following the introduction of metal detectors along the perimeter of the holy site Sunday. "Hundreds of Muslims have entered the site since the morning".

Right-wing members of his governing coalition have praised the security measures and stressed that they were introduced only after the murder last Friday of two police officers, Ha'il Satawi and Kamil Shnaan, by Israeli Arabs who emerged from inside the compound to stage the attack. "But we also understand that we can find ourselves in another terror attack like this and these means are necessary, including the security cameras that we intend to place around the area", he said. "Usually, the Waqf people are all around us, today we are here alone", the visitor said. Following Friday prayers, they proceeded to murder two Israeli police officers there. The measures were in reaction to the July 14 shooting that claimed the lives of two border policemen.

Islamic leaders have condemned Israel's decision to close the site for the first time in decades, calling on their followers to boycott the measures. Erdoğan stressed that it was unacceptable that there were restrictions at the entrance of the mosque, also known as Haram al-Sharif, state-run Anadolu Agency quoted anonymous presidential sources as saying.

Ir Amim, an Israeli human rights group, warned that the new measures, including the two-day closure of the site, have "disturbing implications for a status quo".

On Tuesday night, worshipers were joined by several Israeli-Arab lawmakers from the Joint Arab List.

A rash of Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers erupted in 2015, partly over tensions at the holy site.

Israeli armed forces and police are expecting armed clashes across the West Bank on Friday as the Fatah movement called for a "day of anger".

Zeev Elkin, the Cabinet minister responsible for issues connected with Jerusalem, told the radio station the attack was possible because of Israel's desire to allow freedom of worship to Muslims and others at the site.

There are divisions among the Israelis, with the police and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan in favor of leaving the metal detectors in place, while the Shin Bet and the IDF favor removing them, fearing widespread unrest if they remain.

Due to the special sensitivity, the Muslim Waqf is responsible for the administration of the site.

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