Israeli Authorities to Reopen Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

Israeli Authorities to Reopen Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

Israeli Authorities to Reopen Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

He noted that the events that took place at the holy site are a serious violation to all worldwide conventions, laws and norms, stressing the inviolability and sanctity of Al Aqsa of all Muslims.

"Everything that happened was orchestrated by the police", he said.

The area has experienced a series of tense stand-offs in recent weeks after Muslim worshippers reopened an area known as the Gate of Mercy, closed by Israel in 2003. Worshipers have forced the area open and entered on several occasions.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' office condemned "the unsafe Israeli escalation in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque" and urged the global community to intervene after the shutdown. Abbas' office said the Palestinians also were in touch with various sides, including Jordan.

TENSIONS in Jerusalem rose sharply on Tuesday, after violent Palestinian protests on the Temple Mount that involved a firebomb attack on an Israel police post.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu lashed out at Israel over the incident, saying it was time to end the country's "recklessness".

United Nations envoy Nickolay Mladenov appealed for calm, saying, "Places of worship are for prayer, not for provocations and violence".

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Officials in Jordan have confirmed that they are in negotiations with Israel to resolve the dispute.

However, The Islamic Waqf, the body that controls the Temple Mount, claims the firebomb attack "was fabricated and deliberately escalated and planned by the police".

Jordanian officials reportedly suggested closing the Bab al-Rahma building for an indefinite period while it undergoes renovations.

The closure of the sacred compound also drew censure from Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem. Palestinian activist groups then began to encourage other Palestinians to swarm the al-Aqsa Mosque to "defend it against the assault by police and Jewish extremists". It includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, and is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.

In a statement on Tuesday, Israel's Public Safety Minister, Gilad Erdan said, "Abu Mazen [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] continued to lie and incite violence together with the terror organizations of Murabitoun and Hamas, in an attempt to ignite a fire and cause a religious war on the Temple Mount".

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the individual as 23 year-old Mohammed Shaheen.

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