Gaza militant factions say Israel's Temple Mount measures will 'ignite region'

Posted July 19, 2017

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.

The Red Crescent reported on Tuesday that some 50 Palestinians were wounded in overnight clashes with Israeli police near a Jerusalem site holy to Jews and Muslims.

Instructed by Islamist groups and Muslim religious authority managing the Temple Mount, Waqf, Muslims refused to go through metal detectors and prayed outside.

The detectors were set up after Friday's deadly shooting attack that left two Israeli cops dead.

The site is sacred to both religions, as it houses the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock shrine, Islam's third holiest site after Mecca and Medina, but also the ruins of the Biblical Jewish Temple.

Arab News referring to an Elaph report said: "Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised USA officials that he had chose to restore the status quo at the mosque which is what the Muslim world and the residents of Jerusalem have been demanding". Under the status quo agreement, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged late on Saturday to continue to uphold, Jews are allowed to enter the compound under close supervision, but only Muslims are permitted to worship there.

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Dozens of worshippers gathered to pray at an entrance to the compound next to the Lions' Gate entry to the Old City. The police said they plan to gradually open additional gates, after installing metal detectors.

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

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.

Netanyahu said he had agreed to increased security measures there. The situation became even more acute last Friday when Palestinian gunmen turned their homemade submachine guns on Israeli policemen guarding the Temple Mount, killing two and wounding another.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites that glorify violence.