Israel reopens sensitive holy site closed after attack
Israel reopened an ultra-sensitive holy site on Sunday closed after an attack that killed two policemen, but Muslim worshippers were refusing to enter due to new security measures including metal detectors and cameras.
Crowds chanted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) as a number of initial visitors entered Jerusalem’s Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.
The flashpoint holy site includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
But midday Muslim prayers were held outside the site due to the new security measures.
“We reject the changes imposed by the Israeli government,” Sheikh Omar Kiswani, Al-Aqsa director, told reporters outside.
“We will not enter through these metal detectors.”
Three Arab Israeli assailants opened fire on Israeli police on Friday in Jerusalem’s Old City before fleeing to the compound.
Israeli authorities said they had come from the flashpoint holy site to commit the attack.
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