Israel to reopen sensitive Jerusalem holy site

Israeli medical personnel removing the dead body of one of the terrorists involved in a shooting attack near the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem’s Old City

Israel reopened an ultra-sensitive holy site 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.

Tanzim, the armed faction of Fatah, also announced that Friday prayers will be held in the centers of Palestinian cities and that the sermons be dedicated to the Al-Aqsa mosque and against the new security measures, Ynet reported.

Dozens of Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli police as a confrontation over one of Jerusalem's holiest sites drags into its fifth day.

The sacred, but contested site, was closed for the first time in decades after two Israeli police officers were shot dead by three Arab-Israeli attackers Friday. It includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, and is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.

The militant called on the Palestinians in the West Bank and east Jerusalem to unite and defend Jerusalem by all their means, adding "the enemy (Israel) must know that the price of attacking Al-Aqsa will be very high".

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Jerusalem police commissioner Yoram Halevi said on the Israel Radio that Jerusalem is now quiet, and defended security checks.

The compound was largely empty on Monday apart from tourists and Jewish visitors, with Muslims again praying and protesting outside the site instead of entering through the metal detectors.

Israeli forces shoot fishermen off Gaza: Meanwhile, Israeli naval forces opened fire on several Palestinian fishermen south of the besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday night. He said that security measures of this kind are commonplace in the world. "We see them everywhere they have become a part of our lives".

Israel's army alleged in a statement that a Palestinian man, who was later identified as 29-year-old Rafaat Nathmi Shukri Hirbawi, attempted a car-ramming attack against a group of Israeli soldiers at the entrance to the village of Beit Einun, located five kilometers northeast of al-Khalil (Hebron), on Tuesday afternoon. He defended Israel's new security measures, saying, "We are determined to create [a situation of] security after the killing of two police officers".

During the same two year period, Israeli forces have killed more than 254 Palestinians, majority said by Israel to be attackers while others were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

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