‘The reopening of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, which has been closed since a shooting attack Friday, has led to more tensions as Palestinians protested additional Israeli security measures on site, refusing to enter the compound.
On Sunday, Israeli authorities lifted the ban on worshippers entering the site – sacred to both Jews and Muslims after boosting security.
The Temple Mount or the al-Ḥaram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) as referred to by Muslims was closed for the first time in decades after two Israeli police officers were shot dead by three Arab-Israeli attackers Friday. The assailants were then pursued, shot and killed by police.
Metal detectors and additional CCTV cameras were hurriedly installed to prevent weapons from being smuggled inside in the future.
Several knives were reportedly discovered at the compound when it was searched by the security forces over the weekend.’