Saudi king pressured USA to seek reopening of Al Aqsa Mosque

Nedal Sader sitting on his United Hatzalah motor-scooter in the Old City of Jerusalem

Although the Al-Aqsa mosque has since been reopened after a two-day closure, its president Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam denounced the move, saying it was a violation of the rights of Muslims to conduct prayers at the holy mosque.

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

Israeli police have beefed up security, deploying hundreds of troops and erecting roadblocks at the entrances of Jerusalem's Old City, barring non-residents from entering.

Jerusalem Grand Mufti Mohammed Hussein criticised the new measures which included metal detectors and turnstiles at the entrance to the site as altering the status quo.

"We will also install security cameras on poles outside the Temple Mount but which give nearly complete control over what goes on there".

The compound was largely empty on Monday apart from tourists and Jewish visitors, with Muslims again praying and protesting outside the site instead of entering through the metal detectors. He said that security measures of this kind are commonplace in the world.

Israel's prime minister also reportedly invited King Salman and Saudi officials to visit the Al Aqsa Mosque to see "the situation on the ground", but "received no response".

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The Palestinian Dar al-Ifta, an institute within the Palestinian Authority that issues religious edicts, condemned the arrest.

"Trump had during his presidential election campaign said that he was going to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, in a bid to sideline the Muslims".

Omar Kiswani, director of al-Aqsa Mosque, told reporters outside the site that "the closure, the occupation, and the prevention of the call for prayers are all unfair and unjust and constitute a violation of the United Nations resolutions and the global agreements".

Abbas also demanded the cancellation of Israeli measures closing Al-Aqsa Mosque to worshippers, according to WAFA.

Palestinian political party Fatah called on Palestinians to participate in day or rage on Wednesday in protest of Israel's decision to place metal detectors in front of the Temple Mount.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres deplored the shooting and welcomed Abbas' condemnation of the attack and Netanyahu's assurance that "the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem will be respected". A Palestinian carried out a car-ramming attack near the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank today, lightly wounding two Israeli soldiers before being shot dead, officials said. The assailants were later killed in a shootout...

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