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  • Palestinians stand in front of Israeli forces and newly-installed metal detectors at an entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque  in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

    Palestinians stand in front of Israeli forces and newly-installed metal detectors at an entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. | Photo: Reuters

Published 25 July 2017
Opinion

Worshipers have also been asked to pray on the perimeter of the holy site in response to Israel's security measures.

An Islamic trust in Palestine has urged religious worshipers who frequent al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem to remain firm in their protests against Israeli aggression.

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The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, which manages edifices at the al-Aqsa Mosque, also urged Muslims to not enter holy site until Israeli authorities revert their decision to increase security measures there and to continue to pray on the perimeter of the holy site, Press TV reported.

The statement mentioned that Muslims should not enter the Mosque “until after an assessment by a Waqf technical committee and the return of the situation to how it was before the 14th of this month.”

A shootout near al-Aqsa Mosque left three Palestinians and two Israeli security forces dead on July 14. Israel used the incident as a pretext to implement harsh security measures at the religious compound, which included metal detectors, heavily armed guards and surveillance cameras at its entrance.

The move sparked international outrage as Palestinians claimed that the newly-imposed restrictions were aimed at exerting more control over the holy site by Israel.

On Monday, United Nations Middle East Envoy Nickolay Mladenov explicitly warned that the events taking place in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem have the potential to create catastrophic outcomes.

“Nobody should be mistaken that these events are localized events,” Mladenov said.

“In fact, they may be taking place over a couple of hundred square meters but they affect millions, if not billions, of people around the world.”

Mladenov called on all parties to “refrain from provocative actions, show restraint and work towards finding a solution,” adding that it's “extremely important” to reach a solution to the current crisis by Friday.

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