Ela­tion as Is­rael opens all gates to al-Aqsa

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JERUSALEM: Is­raeli forces dis­man­tled se­cu­rity mea­sures in­stalled at the al-Aqsa Mosque com­pound in oc­cu­pied East Jerusalem late on Wed­nes­day and re­opened all the gates to the com­pound yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

It was cel­e­brated as a vic­tory by Pales­tinian Jerusalemites as Pales­tinian pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas and Pales­tinian re­li­gious lead­ers said prayers could now re­sume at the com­pound.

Fol­low­ing wor­ship­pers’ ela­tion on Wed­nes­day night, ten­sions re-emerged yes­ter­day af­ter­noon af­ter Is­raeli forces re­port­edly pre­vented al-Aqsa se­cu­rity guards from re­open­ing one of the gates to the com­pound, as Pales­tini­ans said they would con­tinue boy­cotting the com­pound un­til all en­trances to al-Aqsa were opened.

How­ever, the last gate of the com­pound was opened later in the af­ter­noon, prompt­ing thou­sands to en­ter the com­pound for the first time in two weeks.

Fol­low­ing a deadly shoot­ing at al-Aqsa in the Old City of oc­cu­pied East Jerusalem on July 14, Is­raeli author­i­ties in­stalled height­ened se­cu­rity mea­sures at the mosque, spark­ing a wide­spread civil dis­obe­di­ence cam­paign among lo­cal Pales­tini­ans, who have been met with strong re­pres­sion at the hands of Is­raeli forces.

Pales­tini­ans said the Is­raeli move was a means of fur­ther­ing con­trol over im­por­tant sites in the oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory and nor­mal­is­ing re­pres­sive mea­sures against Pales­tini­ans. Ma’an

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