Israel shuts Jerusalem holy site after unrest

14 March, 2019, 10:48 | Author: Carlos George
  • Third Palestinian youth killed by Israeli military

Following the attack, police closed the entrances to the volatile holy site and removed all those already on the Temple Mount, which has seen several confrontations between Israeli security forces and Muslim worshipers in recent weeks. Nineteen people were arrested after the incident as violent clashes erupted between Muslim worshipers and Israeli forces as they evacuated the holy site to conduct searches.

However, in February Palestinians opened the areas, breaking Israeli locks on an outer metal door that leads to them.

Worshippers vowed to continue to hold all prayers outside the gates until the police reopen them and allow free access for worship inside the compound. The area was closed in 2003 after allegations that the group overseeing the site was linked to terror activity.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned in an official statement what he described as "Israeli escalation" following the clashes, and warned of "grave consequences".

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported two people hurt, while police said an officer suffered from smoke inhalation.

It is located in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognized by the global community.

Meanwhile Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on "the whole world to react to Israel's brazen attacks on our scared land".

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A fire rages in a police post on Jerusalem's Temple Mount after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at it on March 12, 2019.

According to the Jerusalem Post, a riot broke out at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem after "Israel accused the Palestinian Authority of inciting a religious war" there.

Palestinian political groups said escalating tensions around Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, is a continuation of arbitrary policies of Israel against Palestinians.

Israeli forces assaulted dozens of worshipers and sealed off all of Al-Aqsa Mosque gates, on Tuesday afternoon, upon a fire breakout at a nearby Israeli police station in Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. Eight worshippers were also detained, including three women.

Jordanian officials reportedly suggested closing the Bab al-Rahma building for an indefinite period while it undergoes renovations.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the individual as 23 year-old Mohammed Shaheen.

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