Al-Aqsa Mosque compound ‘to reopen on Sunday’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City will reopen on Sunday, two days after the unprecedented closure heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

Netanyahu’s office said in a statement late on Saturday that the compound would be accessible “gradually” for the faithful, visitors and tourists.

The sensitive site was shut down on Friday after three Arab citizens of Israel shot two Israeli officers dead in the Old City before fleeing to the al-Aqsa compound where they were killed by police.

Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the former grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestinian territories, said on Saturday that the closure was a “collective punishment” that affected thousands of worshippers.

Source: Aljazeera.com


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