Arab League condemns Israeli practices in al-Aqsa mosque

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Clashes erupted outside Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday as Israeli authorities implemented new security measures at the mosque entrance.

Three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen were killed during a shootout near the flashpoint holy site in east Jerusalem.

Palestinians have already been performing prayers outside the compound in protest, since it was reopened on Sunday after a two-day closure.

The Palestinian Dar al-Ifta, an institute within the Palestinian Authority that issues religious edicts, condemned the arrest.

They called on the faithful "not to enter the mosque through" the detectors.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş criticized the decision to close the Al-Aqsa mosque to worship, saying that it is a crime against humanity.

The occupied lands have witnessed tensions ever since Israeli forces imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into al-Aqsa Mosque compound two years ago.

A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of at least 283 Palestinians.

Israel has previously accused Palestinians of stockpiling rocks and other projectiles in one of the mosques in the holy compound.

It remained closed on Saturday, while parts of Jerusalem's Old City were also under lockdown.

The Jerusalem shrine has been the scene of repeated confrontations but Friday's brazen shooting was rare because it took place inside the compound and also because the attackers were from Israel's Arab minority.

The Council said the Israeli measures there are a blatant breach of Palestinian worship rights these practices violate the global laws and the United Nations resolutions, Xinhua reported.

In September 2000, Israel's then-opposition leader Ariel Sharon made a provocative visit to the site, sparking Palestinian protests that quickly escalated into armed clashes between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli soldiers.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas conveyed a similar message to Netanyahu when the two spoke by phone on Friday in the wake of the attack.

The Israeli regime regularly shoots and detains Gazan fishermen over allegations of crossing the "designated fishing zone", which is practically three nautical miles.

The Muslim Brotherhood called for an "Islamic Intifada" against Israel on Friday, following the day's deadly Palestinian terrorist attack in Jerusalem."The Muslim". The agreement also stipulated that Israel would expand the area gradually up to 12 miles.

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