Qatar Strongly Condemns Closure of Aqsa Mosque by IOF

Qatar Strongly Condemns Closure of Aqsa Mosque by IOF

"In response to the immediate threat forces fired towards the attacker resulting in his death".

Ignoring nearly completely the unprovoked attack on the policemen, Muslim leaders from Israel and from across the Arab world accused the Jewish state of moving the region closer to religious conflict.

"The United States strongly condemns the terror attack", the White House statement said of the incident, one of the city's most serious in years. The assailants were then pursued, shot and killed by police. The violence had greatly subsided in recent months.

Netanyahu also spoke of increasing security at entrances to the site when it reopens - likely to be a controversial move.

Abdullah condemned the attack, but also called on Netanyahu to reopen the Al-Aqsa compound and stressed the need to "avoid any escalation at the site".

Palestinians packed the narrow alleyways leading to Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque Monday, as hundreds prayed at the threshold, refusing to enter for a second day in protest against new Israeli security measures.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that he had made a decision to reopen the site with increased security measures but promised to "maintain the status-quo".

On Saturday, Israel announced that the compound would be reopened after the police fortified the security measures there, including new metal detectors and CCTVs that were installed on poles and covers the entire compound.

Israeli cancelled Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque after three Palestinians and two Israeli police officers were killed in a gun battle at the mosque compound.

Israeli security forces stand guard in Jerusalem's Old City after Friday's shooting attack.

After the attack, the Israeli Police beefed up security, deploying hundreds of troops and erecting roadblocks at the entrances of Jerusalem's Old City, eyewitnesses said.

It is located in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly tried to allay Muslim fears, saying the status quo at the Muslim-administered site "will be preserved".