DEBKAfile July 16, 2017, 1:48 PM (GMT+02:00)
Two Temple Mount gates were opened Sunday noon, providing Muslim worshippers with access to the Al Aqsa Mosque, after passing through metal detectors and security checks. So far, 250 Muslims have ascended the shrine, although members of the Waqf refused to pass through the gates, claiming the detectors and security checks were an insult and a violation of the status quo. After a stormy altercation with police officers and loud shouts of the Islamist slogan: “With blood and fire we shall liberate Al Aqsa!” the clerics conducted a prayer service outside the gates.
The Mughrabi gate near the Western Wall, where Jews and tourists enter the shrine, remained closed. The Deputy Jerusalem police commander, Yoram Halevy, reported eight suspects in detention on suspicion of abetting the terrorists who Friday murdered two police officers on Temple Mount. They include relatives of the three terrorists and the bus driver who drove them from Umm Al Fahm to Jerusalem.. The Old City of Jerusalem remains tense, with large police and border guard police patrolling the streets and manning checkpoints that check passersby.