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Israel has no sovereignty over Al-Aqsa: Palestinian PM

20 July 2017

Protests are breaking out in the occupied old city of Jerusalem after Israeli authorities introduced metal detectors and turnstiles at the entrance of al-Aqsa mosque. Many in the media covered the closing of the Temple Mount in great detail, ignoring the necessity for the closure completely. He said he refused to pass through the metal detectors because he said they made him feel like a suspect.

But this week, the Waqf was boycotting the Temple Mount over Israel's decision to reinstall metal detectors at its entrances.

Maybe Israeli metal detectors wouldn't stop Islamic prayers if these prayers didn't seem to involve shooting and stabbing non-Muslims.

Jews are allowed to visit but not pray there to avoid provoking tensions.

Ramallah: The number of Palestinians injured in clashes with the Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa Mosque's Al-Asbat Gate has increased to 50 people, the Palestinian Red Crescent said Monday.

A report Tuesday on the London-based Arabic news site Elaph said King Salman of Saudi Arabia passed a message to Israel through Washington calling for the opening of the Temple Mount to worshippers.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police who regularly patrol Jerusalem's Old City use stun grenades in clashes, but are not routinely armed with rubber bullets.

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The act provoked several Muslims, who chose to protest outside the mosque's compound rather than enter.

Immediately after the incident, Israel shut down the compound, saying that security forces need to check the site for more militants or ammunition. He blamed the Palestinian leadership's "provocative statements" for the rioting. "Police dispersed some of the local residents after stones and bottles [were] thrown at them".

Police would not say what was found in the search of the compound.

It also stressed the necessity to end the Israeli practices, rejecting Israel's change of the status quo in East Jerusalem.

Netanyahu was in Hungary on Wednesday, but spoke to his security chiefs by phone to hear their assessments and recommendations, according to a statement by his office. Meanwhile, worshippers have lined up in the streets, dozens at a time, to perform prayers in the streets.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi talked about Jerusalem tensions Tuesday with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, Jordan's state news agency Petra said.

Netanyahu said Israel is in close contact with Jordan, the traditional Muslim custodian of the shrine. Areas [are] quiet and security measures continue. "Get it into your heads that Jerusalem was the capital of the Jewish people and will remain the capital of the Jewish people for all eternity", she said.

Israel has no sovereignty over Al-Aqsa: Palestinian PM