Waqf protests Israel has completely taken control of Temple Mount


A Palestinian man speaks with an Israeli border police standing guard outside Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, on July 15, 2017 (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)
Holy site remains closed and the Old City under very tight security following deadly Friday attack that killed two Israeli police officers

BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF AND AFP

The Waqf on Saturday charged that it had completely lost control over the Temple Mount as Muslim anger mounted following Israel’s closure of the flash point holy site in the wake of the Friday terror attack there.

The Waqf — the Jordan-based Muslim organization that administers the Temple Mount — also said Israeli security forces had “caused harm” to all of its central offices, without giving further details.

According to Haaretz, police entered many religious and administrative buildings on the Mount as they conducted widespread searches of the compound following the attack.

Following Friday’s attack, in which three Israeli-Arabs killed two Israeli Druze police officers near Lions Gate just outside the Temple Mount complex, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the rare step of sealing the site amid security sweeps. Israel said the killers emerged from the Temple Mount compound with automatic weapons, in what Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called a “defiling” of the holy site.

Israel closed the compound for the first time since 1969, saying it was carrying out security checks, including for further weaponry.

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