At least six were arrested during the reopening of the mosque esplanade to Jewish visitors

According to the official Palestinian news agency Maan, in the first hours of the reopening of the mosque esplanade, at least six people were arrested and reopened to Jewish visitors.

According to witnesses from the agency, the situation on the Esplanade – or the Temple Mount for Jews – worsened shortly after it reopened when fifty Jewish settlers, flanked by Israeli special forces, entered the site.

Moments earlier, Israeli police began attacking some of the Muslim believers trying to pave the way for the settlers, arresting six people, including a guard from the Al-Aqsa Mosque and a head of the Islamic Council of Waqf, who were monitoring those from Jordan particular religious institution of the complex.

At least six were arrested during the reopening of the mosque esplanade to Jewish visitors
At least six were arrested during the reopening of the mosque esplanade to Jewish visitors

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and is home to the third holiest shrine in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel captured the Temple Mount and the old city of Jerusalem in the 1967 war. However, it allowed Jordan to continue to maintain religious authority at the top of the mountain, which Jews can visit under numerous restrictions.

The site had been closed since Jerusalem Day on May 10, when authorities decided to ban access to non-Muslims amid tensions in the city over the evictions of several Palestinian families in the Shaykh Jarrá neighborhood in east Jerusalem.

After 11 days of bombing Israel and Gaza, the United Nations reported that the recent conflict in the Middle East killed 242 Palestinians – 23 girls, 43 boys, 38 women and 138 men, and killed twelve Israelis – five men, five women and two Children – in addition to about 2,000 wounded in the Palestinian part and 710 in the Israeli part.

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