Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Islamic leaders boycott Jerusalem site over metal detectors

Islamic leaders boycott Jerusalem site over metal detectors

Gaza's terrorist Hamas rulers on Saturday called on Palestinians to attack Israeli forces in Yerushalayim after the Har Habayis was closed following a terrorist attack there.

Two Israeli police officers, Major General Eyal Sattawi and Kamil Shanan, were killed.

The senior cleric was detained near al-Aqsa Mosque after he led Friday prayers.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man was suspected of carrying out two shooting attacks in the occupied West Bank on Saturday and opened fire at soldiers and policemen who had tracked him down. The gunmen were all shot dead by police.

Protesting the installation of metal detectors and cameras on the holy site, worshippers resorted to praying outside the compound, amid chants of "Allahu Akbar", or "God is Greatest".

News agency Wafa said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack when speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone.

Following the attack, Israeli security forces evacuated and closed the Temple Mount, effectively canceling Friday prayers at the holy site.

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The incident occurred near the Temple mount.

Update: According to Israel Hatzolah, the group of Jews said Kaddish at the location where the two Druze policemen were murdered by the terrorists.

Israel took the highly unusual decision of closing the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for Friday prayers, triggering anger from Muslims and Jordan, the holy site's custodian. The United States strongly condemns the terror attack.

The gunmen, all from the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm in central Israel, were subsequently shot and killed by the police.

"It is time for the Arab leadership in Israel, and even outside it, to express a clear position against this criminal attack".

Jews are allowed to visit, but are banned from praying there to avoid provoking tensions.

"We reject the changes imposed by the Israeli government", Sheikh Omar Kiswani, the director of al-Aqsa Mosque, told reporters outside. Clashes erupted between the Israeli police and worshippers and several youth were arrested after being assaulted with batons and tear gas canisters.

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