Amman: Thousands protest against Israel's Temple Mount security measures

Thousands chanted 'The people want liberation of al-Aksa', Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood demands action.

July 21, 2017 17:33
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Jordan protests against Israeli security measures at Temple Mount

Jordan protests against Israeli security measures at Temple Mount


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Thousands of Jordanians, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood, took to the streets of Amman on Friday to protest against recent escalation at one of Jerusalem's holy sites to Muslim worshipers.

There have been daily confrontations between Palestinians hurling rocks and Israeli police using stun grenades since the detectors were placed at the entrance to the shrine, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, on Sunday (July 16), after the killing of two Israeli policemen.

Jordan, which is the ultimate custodian of the holy site and has been involved in mediation efforts. called on Israel to end the closure, but the leaders of Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood protesting in Amman demanded further actions.

Muslim leaders and Palestinian political factions had urged the faithful to gather for a "day of rage" on Friday against the new security policies, which they see as changing delicate agreements that have governed the holy site for decades.

Tensions are often high around the compound housing the Aqsa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock which is managed by Jordanian religious authorities and is adjacent to the Western Wall, a holy site where Jews are permitted to pray.

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