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Israel removes more al-Aqsa security installations

by Abdull | Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 | 83 views

Palestinians celebrate as new security installations at the entrance of al-Aqsa Mosque compound removed after protests.

Israel has removed more security installations from the entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosquecompound in occupied East Jerusalem after protest and deadly unrest in recent days.

Newly installed railings, gates and scaffolding where cameras were previously mounted were removed from the entrance to the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, reported Al Jazeera early on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Israel had removed metal detectors from the entrance, installed after an attack nearby that killed two policemen on July 14.

Palestinians began to gather at the entrance to celebrate in the early hours of Thursday, with whistling and constant horns from cars.

Protests and deadly unrest have erupted in the days since the measures were installed earlier in July [Ahmad Gharabli/AFP]

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Israel removes more al-Aqsa security installations

Palestinians celebrate as new security installations at the entrance of al-Aqsa Mosque compound removed after protests.

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Protests and deadly unrest have erupted in the days since the measures were installed earlier in July [Ahmad Gharabli/AFP]

Israel has removed more security installations from the entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosquecompound in occupied East Jerusalem after protest and deadly unrest in recent days.

Newly installed railings, gates and scaffolding where cameras were previously mounted were removed from the entrance to the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, reported Al Jazeera early on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Israel had removed metal detectors from the entrance, installed after an attack nearby that killed two policemen on July 14.

Palestinians began to gather at the entrance to celebrate in the early hours of Thursday, with whistling and constant horns from cars.

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A Palestinan man in the crowds at the entrance told Al Jazeera that he was there to celebrate a signifcant “victory”.

“Today is a joyful day, full of celebration and sorrow at the same time – sorrow for the people who lost their lives and were injured,” he said.

“We are under occupation and the al-Aqsa Mosque is a red-line to everyone in Jerusalem – actually, to everyone in Palestine, and all over the Muslim world – but much more for the people of [Jerusalem]. It’s dearer than their own lives,” he told Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from outside the compound in occupied East Jerusalem, said the crowds were celebrating what protesters feel is a “significant victory” that has gone beyond simply protesting against security measures.

“This is very much a grassroots movement – this isn’t led by Hamas or Fatah, the traditional political leaders of the Palestinians,” he said.

“This is an occupied East Jerusalem movement; it’s effectively leaderless but it’s growing and growing.”

A tense standoff has been underway between Israel and Muslim worshippers at the holy site despite the removal of the metal detectors, with concerns of major unrest later this week if no resolution is found.

Muslims have refused to enter the site and have prayed in the streets outside for more than a week after Israel installed the new security measures there.

Palestinians view the move as Israel asserting further control over the site, which houses the revered al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

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

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