Jerusalem(July 17, 2017): The Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem reopened on Sunday after being closed following a deadly attack.
But Muslims were refusing to enter over new Israeli security measures, including metal detectors and cameras.
The mosque is a highly sensitive site sacred in both Islam and Judaism. The 14-hectare (35-acre) rectangular esplanade at the southeast corner of the Old City was seized by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War, along with the rest of east Jerusalem, and later annexed in a move never internationally recognised.
Israel considers all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital, but the Palestinians want the eastern sector as capital of their future State.
Palestinian Authority and religious officials held an emergency meeting in Ramallah to discuss the security measures, and called on Arab and Muslim nations to intervene against the Israeli moves.
A Palestinian government statement called the security measures “null and void” and “a violation of the sanctity of the Al Aqsa Mosque.”