ISRAEL – A site in Jerusalem, which was sealed off due to killings of two Israeli police officers by three Arab citizens of Israel has been reopened.
To the Jews, the site is known as Temple Mount and to the Muslims, it is known as Noble Sanctuary as it serves a huge religious purpose for both faiths.
The three Arab citizens of Israel ran into the holy site after killing the two police officers resulting in the closure for the first time in many years.
Although, the assailants ran into the compound to hide but Israeli security forces shot them dead.
Muslims refused entering through the metal detectors newly installed to track metal objects being smuggled into the site and which could be used as weapons to harm unsuspecting worshippers.
“We reject the changes imposed by the Israeli government – we will not enter through these metal detectors,” said Sheikh Omar Kiswani, the director of the Al-Aqsa mosque located within the holy site.
Police confirmed that some worshippers refused to enter the compound and opted to kneel and pray outside.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a joint operation police and military trailed a 34-year-old Palestinian suspect who opened fire with his automatic weapon as he was being chased, and shot him dead.
This Jerusalem shrine facing the Western wall – the holiest prayer site in Judaism is controlled by the Jordanian authorities and has recorded cases of clashes with security forces due to different kinds of attacks perpetrated by hoodlums.