Jerusalem’s grand mufti detained after deadly Temple Mount shooting

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said three armed assailants with guns and knives targeted police, CNN reported.In the hours after the attack Israeli security officers detained Jerusalem Grand Mufti Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, who called on Muslims to defy the Israeli closure.Minister for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani on Friday condemned the attack on Palestinians and the closure of the mosque.The Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount is considered the third-holiest site in Islam and the most sacred in Judaism.He added that holy sites would never have been violated like this if many Arab leaders did not consider Tel Aviv as their “gateway” to the White House.”The Old City is always off limits on Fridays through 3 p.m. because tensions are always higher and the potential for violence greater”, the alert said.Security forces pursued the terrorists and returned fire, neutralizing the terrorists, confiscating two Karl Gustav rifles and a pistol, and sealing off the area, thereby preventing Muslim’s traditional Friday prayer at the site.Hussein was released later in the day without charge after being questioned over his call for Muslims to come to Jerusalem. There is no official word when the mosque will re-opened to worship but Sunday has been mentioned as the earliest possible date.Israeli police said they had no comment.He called on the worldwide community to act immediately to deter repeated Israeli attacks against Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Al Quds and to stop Israel’s racist violations and crimes against the Palestinian people and their holy sites.Jews are allowed to visit, but are banned from praying there to avoid provoking tensions.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the compound was shut for security reasons, noting that the status quo would be “preserved”. The attackers were then pursued back to the compound, where they were killed.From October 2015, Israel and the palestinian Territories are plagued by violence that caused the death of 281 Palestinians, 44 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, Sudanese and British, according to a count by the AFP.The mosque has been the scene of deadly clashes between Israeli and Palestinians over the past years.”Any Palestinian who resists with any kind of violence risks having [his] home demolished or sealed and [his] entire extended family expelled onto streets”.