Al-Aqsa officials reject new Israeli security measures as compound reopens

As Israeli officials moved to “gradually reopen” the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday after three days of closure, officials from the Islamic Endowment (Waqf) that runs the holy site expressed their rejection of new metal detectors installed at compound’s entrances, though Waqf officials and worshipers eventually entered the compound for afternoon prayers.
The attempt to reopen the compound came upon an order from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after it had been closed following a deadly shooting attack inside the compound that left two Israeli border policemen killed and three Palestinian assailants shot dead on Friday.After discussions with “top security leadership,” Netanyahu announced additional security measures at the holy site Saturday evening, including the installation of the metal detectors as well as additional security cameras outside the compound.
Meanwhile, Al-Aqsa and the entirety of the Old City has remained shuttered since Friday to Palestinians who don’t reside in the area, while Israelis and tourists have been allowed to enter the Old City. The roads around the Old City were also reportedly closed to traffic, and traffic at the central bus station near the Damascus Gate was disrupted.
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