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Palestine (TeleSUR– Fatah had called for protests over restrictions imposed at the Mosque.

Hundreds of Palestinians have held evening prayers outside the Al Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, refusing to pass through newly-installed Israeli security measures.

Israel reopened the compound on Sunday, drawing protest from Muslim religious authorities over the installation of metal detectors at entrances.

The site had been closed for two days following a shooting which left two Israeli police officers and three Palestinians dead.

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Earlier, Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli security forces outside a gate to the Old City in Jerusalem.

The Fatah Movement has called for a “day of rage” on Wednesday against the measures.

Israeli police were seen dragging a worshipper, while another officer appeared to punch a Palestinian man during the confrontation.

24 hours earlier, several Palestinians were injured, at least one seriously, according to Palestinian medical officials after they clashed with Israeli police near the mosque.

In the West Bank city of Bethlehem, dozens marched in protest against the security measures around the site.

Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers who responded by firing tear gas to disperse them.

Three people were arrested according to the Israeli Defense Forces.

In another development, Jerusalem’s top Muslim leader has called for all of the city’s mosques to be closed on Friday in protest against the Israeli restrictions.

Grand Mufti Muhammad Hussein said Palestinian Muslims should gather outside the gates of Al Aqsa Mosque for weekly prayers.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad have also called for protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

This post was originally written for and published by TeleSUR English.

 

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