dglobalnews.com Dozens hurt in clashes between police and Palestinians outside Jerusalem's Old City
Published: Wed, July 19, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Dozens hurt in clashes between police and Palestinians outside Jerusalem's Old City

Dozens hurt in clashes between police and Palestinians outside Jerusalem's Old City

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement warned in a statement on Sunday afternoon that Israel will pay the price for the aggression and measures taken in al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing that Palestinians will defend al-Aqsa.

On Sunday night, skirmishes broke out between Israeli police and worshippers outside the entrance, with the Red Crescent reporting 17 people wounded.

The Waqf, a Muslim religious authority that administrates the compound, rejected the new measures and refused to hold prayers at the mosque.

Israeli military forces have fatally shot a Palestinian man in the southern part of West Bank over alleged stabbing attack as the Tel Aviv regime tightens grip on al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the wake of an operation conducted by three Palestinians, which left two Israeli police officers dead. Home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, it is Islam's third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

In addition, Netanyahu reiterated his pledge via the White House that Israel would maintain the status quo at the site, the report noted, adding Jordan was also involved in the communications.

Sheikh Ikrema Sabri, an imam at the mosque, backed protests by Palestinian Muslims, who have prayed outside the gates of the mosque since metal detectors were installed at the site.

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Meanwhile, two rights groups protested against the closure of the Old City and its vicinity in Jerusalem al-Quds and the ban on Palestinians from entering it.

Fatah Central Committee Member Jamal Muhaisen said that protest is necessary until the metal detectors are removed. He said that security measures of this kind are commonplace in the world.

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". It is adjacent to the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews are permitted to pray. Palestinians say the attacks stem from anger over decades of Israeli occupation of territories they claim for their future state.

During that period, Israeli forces have killed more than 254 Palestinians, majority said by Israel to be attackers while others were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

During the same two year period, Israeli forces have killed more than 254 Palestinians, a lot of them said by Israel to be attackers while others were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

Though shootings are rare, stabbings and vehicle attacks in Jerusalem have been common in recent years.

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