lundi 24 juillet 2017

Jerusalemites continue praying outside Al-Aqsa compound in protest of Israeli measures

Les habitants d'Al-Qods continuent de prier en dehors du complexe d'Al-Aqsa en signe de protestation contre les mesures sionistes

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- For the eighth consecutive day since Israeli authorities installed increased security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, hundreds of Muslim worshipers on performed prayers outside of the compound gates in protest on Sunday, as Palestinian political and religious officials expressed their strong opposition to the new Israeli restrictions.

As of Sunday evening, Israeli forces detained at least three Palestinians and injured 21 others in the Jerusalem area amid a harsh crackdown demonstrators.

In the wake of a deadly shoot-out between Palestinian assailants and Israeli police officers on July 14, Israeli forces shut down the Al-Aqsa compound for two days, only to reopen it after having installed security cameras, metal detectors, and turnstiles at the entrances of the compound.

Palestinians have said the move is the latest instance of Israeli authorities using Israeli-Palestinian violence as a means of furthering control over important sites in the occupied Palestinian territory and normalizing repressive measures against Palestinians.

Palestinians have protested the measures by praying outside of Al-Aqsa’s gates, with mass demonstrations across the occupied territory on Friday erupting into violent clashes that left three protesters killed.

Witnesses told Ma'an that hundreds of worshipers prayed outside of the Lions' Gate and the Council Gate to the compound during midday prayers on Sunday, in the presence of dozens of Israeli police officers who prevented the call to prayer and forced journalists to leave the area.

A funeral prayer was also performed outside of the compound for a deceased Jerusalemite man, after his family refused to go the metal detectors to enter Al-Aqsa, which is the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca a...

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