Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE OBSERVERS

Iran water shortages, street art in Yemen, and more

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Maltese foreign minister: ‘We need to implement legal paths of migration into Europe’

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

FIFA takes home revenue of over €5 billion from World Cup

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Les Bleus 2018: The new 'tsars' of world football

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Eurogroup chief Centeno: ‘We need to an end what seems to be a trade war’

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump rocks the boat in UK

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

World Cup Grand finale, Donald Trump blindsides Theresa May, Erdogan's family business

Read more

#TECH 24

Is the future of film interactive?

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

2018-07-13 21:47 EYE ON AFRICA

Read more

Middle East

Clashes erupt after Palestinians enter Jerusalem holy site

© Ahmad Gharabli, AFP | Palestinians enter the sensitive Jerusalem holy site on July 27, 2017, for the first time in two weeks.

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-07-28

Palestinians ended a boycott and entered a sensitive Jerusalem holy site for the first time in two weeks Thursday after Israel removed controversial security measures there.

Thousands of worshippers streamed into the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, for afternoon prayers on Thursday, according to witnesses.

The Jerusalem site includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

There were initially celebratory scenes as worshippers poured into the holy site with some crying as they entered Islam’s third-holiest site while others shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great).

However clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians erupted shortly after the worshippers entered the site, according to AFP.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported 46 people wounded both inside the Haram al-Sharif compound and in the immediate area.

Deadly unrest for two weeks

Muslim worshippers had refused to enter the site for two weeks following Israel’s imposition of metal detectors and surveillance cameras after two Israeli policemen were killed on July 14.

Israeli authorities said the measures, including metal detectors, were needed because the July 14 attackers smuggled guns into the compound and emerged from it to attack the officers.

Deadly unrest erupted in the days after the new measures were introduced, with clashes breaking out around the compound and in the occupied West Bank, leaving five Palestinians dead.

Palestinians viewed the move as Israel asserting further control.

But earlier this week, Israel announced the removal of the controversial metal detectors and surveillance cameras. Newly installed railings and scaffolding where cameras were previously mounted were also cleared early Thursday, after which police said all new security measures had now been removed.

In response to the removal of the security measures, Muslim authorities called on worshippers to return.

Jordan blasts Netanyahu’s welcome for Israeli guard

The deal to end the standoff was reached earlier this week following a Monday night phone call between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

The phone call was a bid to end a diplomatic crisis between the two countries over the killing of two Jordanians by an Israeli security guard at an Israeli embassy compound in the Jordanian capital, Amman, last week.

Jordan initially refused to release the guard to Israel while the Israeli government claimed he had diplomatic immunity.

The Israeli guard was finally released in return for an Israeli promise to scrap the controversial metal detectors and security cameras at the Jerusalem holy site, according to observers.

But bilateral tensions remained high, with the Jordanian royal court on Thursday releasing a statement calling on Netanyahu to put the released Israeli guard on trial.

The statement blasted Netanyahu’s behaviour towards the security guard, whom he embraced in a hero's welcome upon his return to Israel, calling it "provocative on all fronts”. Abdullah II noted that the welcome, “enrages us, destabilises security and fuels extremism".

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

Date created : 2017-07-27

  • ISRAEL

    Israel scraps metal detectors at holy site after deadly unrest

    Read more

  • JERUSALEM

    Jerusalem holy site boycott remains despite scrapped metal detectors

    Read more

  • ISRAEL

    Israel removes more security measures at Jerusalem holy site

    Read more

COMMENT(S)