WATCH: Jordanians take to the streets to protest shutdown of Temple Mount following attack

Israel decided to temporarily shut down the site following Friday's lethal attack, which claimed the lives of two police officers.

By REUTERS
July 15, 2017 21:36

Jordanians take to the streets to protest Israel's temporary shutdown of the Temple Mount

Jordanians take to the streets to protest Israel's temporary shutdown of the Temple Mount

 
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Almost 1,000 Jordanian, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood, took to the streets of Amman on Saturday to protest against recent Israeli measures that shut down one of Jerusalem's holy sites to Muslim worshipers.

The measure came shortly after three Arab-Israeli gunmen shot dead two Israeli policemen at the sacred site - known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount - on Friday.

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

Jordan's government spokesman Mohammad Al Momani called on Israel to end the closure, which he described to Petra news agency as an "attack on the right of Muslims to practice their religious rituals in their holy sites".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the compound would be reopened gradually from Sunday, in accordance with security assessments.

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