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What’s Happening at Al Aqsa Mosque?

Worldwide protests have taken place following Israel’s decision to install metal detectors and security cameras at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound. Here’s a summary of what has happened in the last week:

Friday 14th July 2017

• An incident leaves 3 Palestinians and 2 Israeli policemen dead.
• Israel closes Al Aqsa Mosque.
• Friday prayers are cancelled for the first time in 48 years.

Saturday 15th July 2017

• Al Aqsa Mosque remains closed.

Sunday 16th July 2017

• The mosque is re opened. However, Israeli forces install metal detectors and security cameras around the mosque’s compound despite having no authority over the site under international law.
• Palestinians refuse to enter the Al Aqsa compound protesting against the new restrictions. They believe that if they comply, it will be accepting Israel’s authority.

Monday 17th July 2017

• The security barriers remain and Palestinians continue to protest by praying outside the Al Aqsa compound.

Photo: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Tuesday 18th July 2017

• An Imam of Al Aqsa, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri is shot by Israeli forces as they attempt to forcefully disperse worshippers.

Wednesday 19th July 2017

• The security barriers remain and Palestinians continue to protest by praying outside the Al Aqsa compound.

Thursday 20th July 2017

• Talks between the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis collapse. The PA’s chief negotiator Hatem Abdel-Kader tells Middle East Eye: “The metal detectors serve no security purpose whatsoever. Rather, their erection is a political play to pressure Palestinians into relinquishing control of Al-Aqsa.”

Friday 21st July 2017

• Worldwide protests take place against the measures imposed by Israel. 18-year-old Mohammad Sharaf is killed by a settler during protests in East Jerusalem.

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