Muslim Authority Protests Temple Mount Security Measures, Blocks Entrance
Israeli police lifted a ban on Muslim worshipers entering Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound on Sunday after it was closed in the wake of a deadly attack that resulted in the deaths of two Border Police officers at the contested holy site on Friday.
A police spokesperson told The Jerusalem Post that at this stage, two gates will open to the public – The Gate of the Tribes (Bab al-asbat) and The Council Gate (Bab al-Majlis).
The ban was lifted after police decided that new security measures would be taken at the site, including metal detectors that were placed at the entrances to the compound in an effort to monitor and prevent smuggling of the weapons inside.
Shortly after Israeli authorities re-opened the Temple Mount for prayer services, members of the Jerusalem Islamic Wakf, the Muslim religious body that oversees the compound, protested the new security measures and called on Muslim worshipers to avoid entering the compound. The Muslim leaders added that the Waqf personnel would not return to the mosques for the time being.