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Some events at Al Aqsa Mosque
Some events at Al Aqsa Mosque

Worldwide protests have taken place following Israel’s decision to install metal detectors and security cameras at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound. Here’s a summary of what has happened in the last week:

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Friday 14th July 2017

• An incident leaves 3 Palestinians and 2 Israeli policemen dead.
• Israel closes Al Aqsa Mosque.
• Friday prayers are cancelled for the first time in 48 years.

Saturday 15th July 2017

• Al Aqsa Mosque remains closed.

Sunday 16th July 2017

• The mosque is re opened. However, Israeli forces install metal detectors and security cameras around the mosque’s compound despite having no authority over the site under international law.
• Palestinians refuse to enter the Al Aqsa compound protesting against the new restrictions. They believe that if they comply, it will be accepting Israel’s authority.

Monday 17th July 2017

• The security barriers remain and Palestinians continue to protest by praying outside the Al Aqsa compound.

Tuesday 18th July 2017

• An Imam of Al Aqsa, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri is shot by Israeli forces as they attempt to forcefully disperse worshippers.

Wednesday 19th July 2017

• The security barriers remain and Palestinians continue to protest by praying outside the Al Aqsa compound.

Thursday 20th July 2017

• Talks between the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis collapse. The PA’s chief negotiator Hatem Abdel-Kader tells Middle East Eye: “The metal detectors serve no security purpose whatsoever. Rather, their erection is a political play to pressure Palestinians into relinquishing control of Al-Aqsa.”

Friday 21st July 2017

• Worldwide protests take place against the measures imposed by Israel. 18-year-old Mohammad Sharaf is killed by a settler during protests in East Jerusalem.

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