Indonesia Condemns Al Aqsa Mosque Closure

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In an unauthorized move, a total of 182 Israeli settlers entered the mosque compound, guarded by Israeli police, Firas al-Dibs, a media official in Jerusalem's Islamic Endowments Department (Waqf), said in a statement, Anadolu news agency reported.

The White House is urging Israel and Jordan to help reduce tension on the Temple Mount, the center of a dispute with Palestinians over access to a religious site in annexed east Jerusalem.

Palestinian factions have called for marches all over the West Bank on Wednesday in protest against the Israeli security procedures at al-Aqsa mosque.

The Israeli Police closed Al Aqsa Mosque following a shooting incident that killed to police officers and three civilians near the complex on Friday last week. Tel Aviv argues that the security upgrades will prevent weapons from being brought to the Temple Mount as referred to by Jews.

The Shabak is anxious of an explosion by the protesters and has recommended to PM Netanyahu that the metal detectors be removed.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound is a flashpoint Islamic site, which is also holy to Jews.

The Palestinian Fatah movement called for a "Day of Rage" Wednesday over the security measures.

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Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Israel's Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, ahead of planned mass protests on Friday by Muslim worshippers over security measures imposed by Israel at the walled shrine. They were killed in a shootout with police on the Temple Mount.

"From here, the Israeli Knesset, I strengthen PM Netanyahu and am convinced he will stand strong, not give in or cave to the global pressure to cancel Israel's security needs on the Temple Mount", Bennett added.

"We will not enter through these metal detectors", he added.

Border police and military personnel stood guard in the area to ensure that the prayer didn't evolve into a violent demonstration.

Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Both the Israelis and the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital. Proposals to change security measures at the compound have sparked controversy in the past.

At the meeting, scheduled for 8 p.m., officials are set discuss whether to remove the detectors that were placed at the Temple Mount after the killings that were launched from within the holy site.

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