Jerusalem attack: Temple Mount reopens to Jewish visitors

Victims of Temple Mount terror attack identified as Druze policemen

The Waqf, Jordan's Islamic authority that manages religious affairs at the site, was outraged over the metal detectors.

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.

Meanwhile, Wisma Putra in a statement said that the action by the Israeli authorities was a violation of global laws and norms.

He added in a statement carried by the official Petra news agency that Israel must "refrain from taking any step aimed at changing the historical" status quo of Al-Quds or the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

They called on the faithful "not to enter the mosque through" the detectors. "We stand with you in prayer and in sadness", said Phiri, "and we continue to work very hard and pray very hard for a just peace in Palestine and Israel". Non-Muslims are allowed to visit the site, but are not allowed to pray.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas conveyed a similar message to Netanyahu when the two spoke by phone on Friday in the wake of the attack.

Israel's army claims the man allegedly attempted to open fire at them.

Firas Dibs, spokesman for the Islamic Waqf which runs the site, confirmed reports that workers from the Israeli-run Jerusalem municipality had entered the site Sunday morning to clean it before it was reopened - a move they said was unprecedented.

Israeli authorities are "inflating this situation", he said. That delayed opening the Temple Mount.

Muslims regard the same hilltop compound as the Noble Sanctuary.

"We reject the changes imposed by the Israeli government", Sheikh Omar Kiswani, the director of al-Aqsa Mosque, told reporters outside.

The Jerusalem shrine has been the scene of repeated confrontations, including during the current wave of violence over the past two years.

Two officers killed in Friday's attack were neamed as Haiel Sitawe, 30 and Sergeant Master Kamil Shnaan, 22, both of whom were from Druze villages in northern Israel.

Police have been gradually reopening the site.

Two of the nine gates to the site, known to Muslims as Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, were back in operation in what Israel described as a gradual reopening.

"I assume that with time they will understand that this is not awful", he told Army Radio.

Speaking on Palestine TV, Habash said: "We oppose any kind of religious war".

"But then I saw the police coming from everywhere".

More than 300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since October 2015, when the tensions intensified.

Temple Mount is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Palestinians fearing Israel may one day seek to assert further control over it.



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