PA reaffirms East Jerusalem part of occupied Palestinian territories

PA reaffirms East Jerusalem part of occupied Palestinian territories

Israeli police have closed the entrances to Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site after Palestinian suspects threw a firebomb at a police station.

The Jerusalem Post reports that one police officer sustained injuries from smoke inhalation in the attack and the compound is expected to reopen on Wednesday.

Israeli bulldozers demolished two Palestinian-owned homes in the area of al-Qubbeh, south of Jerusalem.

He noted that the events that took place at the holy site are a serious violation to all worldwide conventions, laws and norms, stressing the inviolability and sanctity of Al Aqsa of all Muslims.

The Jerusalem police commander subsequently ordered the Mount closed to allow for searches to be carried out.

Tuesday's clash is just a symptom of mounting tensions on the Temple Mount.

In the occupied West Bank, the military said a Palestinian, armed with a knife, had confronted troops in the city of Hebron and was shot and killed.

Saif said incidents in Jerusalem was as a result of the silence of the worldwide community before the violation of all global agreements and human rights.

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"Roughly 59 extremists, 80 Jewish students and 3 Israeli intelligence agents stormed the Al-Aqsa compound today", Firas al-Dibs, a spokesman for Jerusalem's Religious Endowments Authority, a Jordan-run agency tasked with overseeing the city's Muslim and Christian sites, said in a statement.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the "dangerous Israeli escalation" and warned of "serious repercussions".

Videos circulated on social media show Israeli forces arresting several protesters and violently attacking women.

Palestinian Muslim worshipers attend Friday noon prayers at a disputed area near the Golden Gate in Temple Mound compound in the Old City of Jerusalem, on March 1, 2019.

High-level Israeli and Jordanian officials have been holding talks in the hope of defusing the situation.

Last week, members of the Israeli police entered the Bab al-Rahmeh prayer area with their boots on, an act considered by Palestinians as a desecration, leading to protests.

On Tuesday, an incendiary device set alight an Israeli police position near the Dome of the Rock shrine inside the compound. While the Israelis agree, they insist it must first be closed without renovations taking place, as a statement of Israeli authority.

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