Palestinian Cleric Slams Arab States' Stance on Closure of Al-Aqsa

Palestinian Cleric Slams Arab States' Stance on Closure of Al-Aqsa”

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

The Israeli police and military had been looking for the suspect whom they believed had carried out two shooting attacks on Israelis in the West Bank Saturday. It remained closed on Saturday, while parts of Jerusalem's Old City were also under lockdown.

Police recovered two locally made automatic rifles, a pistol and a knife, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

Immediately after the incident, Israel shut down the compound, saying that security forces need to check the site for more militants or ammunition.

The White House released a statement condemning Friday's terror attack on Har Habayis that claimed the lives of two Israeli policemen, leaving a third wounded.

Mr Netanyahu has previously accused the Palestinian leader of failing to denounce such attacks. They largely identify with the Palestinian cause. The dead officers were Druze.

Crowds chanted "Allahu akbar" as a number of initial visitors entered Jerusalem's Haram Al Sharif compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to the Jews as the Temple Mount.

Hussein called the closure "an escalation and aggression against al-Aqsa", the Arab-language name of the compound. Abbas' office confirmed to CNN that the phone conversation took place. Sheikh Omar Awadallah Kiswani, director of the al-Aqsa mosque, argued that this was a change of the status quo and, eventually, his employees were allowed to skip the controls.

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called it an "extremely severe event which crossed all red lines".

A 23-year-old policewoman died last month after she was stabbed near the city's Damascus Gate.

JERUSALEM - In a bold attack outside a site sacred to Muslims and Jews, three Israeli Arabs armed with a pistol and homemade machine guns shot and killed two Israeli officers early Friday at the entrance to the Al Aqsa mosque compound.

Dozens of worshippers gathered to pray in front of the Lions' Gate entrance to the compound.

In a statement on his official Facebook page, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to the slain police officers, naming them as Haiel Sitawe, 30, father to a 3-week old son, and Kamil Shnaan, 22.

Yousef Al-Othaimeen called on the worldwide community to act immediately to deter repeated Israeli attacks against Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Al-Quds and to stop Israel's racist violations and crimes against the Palestinian people and their holy sites.

Friday's shooting "shouldn't be an excuse for making changes", Husseini said as cited by AP. I thought it was fireworks. "We see them everywhere".

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