The esplanade of mosques reopened its doors to Jewish visitors this Sunday after 20 days of closure due to the unrest that sparked the crossing of bombings between Israel and the Palestinian militias in the Gaza Strip.
According to the Times of Israel newspaper, this morning several groups of visitors were able to enter the place known by Jews as the Temple Mount, which has been under police escort since 7:00 am.
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 complex has 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.