Why are Palestinians Refusing to Enter Al-Aqsa?

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The Waqf, which manages the mosque, also revealed that Israeli police confiscated keys to the site stationed dozens of additional officers outside the main mosque.

In that time, Israeli forces have killed more than 254 Palestinians, majority said by Israel to be attackers.

"We will raise our heads through the sacrifice of the young Palestinians who are still fighting in the name of the nation", Tarawneh added.

In the aftermath of the attack, the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem instructed government employees and their family members not to enter the Old City of Jerusalem, without prior approval, until 8 a.m. Saturday.

Two of the nine entrances to the site holy to both Muslims and Jews were reopened at about noon on Sunday, two days after three Arab-Israeli visitors to the site opened fire on Israel Police guarding the area, killing two Druze-Arab Israel Police officers.

Bassam Al Halaq, a senior official of Awqaf, an Islamic authority in charge of Al-Aqsa, told Al-Jazeera that the Israeli police were searching the entire compound, breaking through doors. "I call on leaders on every side to work to calm the situation and maintain the quiet in Jerusalem".

Israeli authorities then shut the compound down citing security concerns, just hours before Muslim Friday prayers.

Some female worshippers were moved to tears as they urged others not to pass through the new security measures.




In that time, Israeli forces have killed more than 254 Palestinians, majority said by Israel to be attackers.

Jamil Khir said Muslims stood firm in support of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's statement today condemning the Israeli crackdown on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and denying the right of Muslims to perform Friday prayers there, in fact, it was an extreme act which violated worldwide law.

Police say the Arab gunmen fired on their victims from the Lions' Gate.

Jordan called for its immediate reopening and there were protests in the streets there against Israel, with which Amman has a peace treaty.

The compound is the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam.

Friday's shooting from inside the walled compound in Jerusalem's Old City killed two Israeli policemen.

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

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