Al-Aqsa mosque crisis: Israel removes all security measures as thousands cheer at funeral of Palestinian gunmen

Israel removes additional security measures from Al-Aqsa Mosque as thousands cheer at funeral of Palestinian gunmen

Israeli security forces stood guard as people prayed the the street

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Israel has now removed all additional security measures that had been put in at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, following protests by Palestinians.

The metal detectors at the compound had already been removed by Israel earlier this week, after outrage over the measures resulted in seven deaths, according to The Guardian.

Many Palestinians had been conducting prayers in the street as they refused to go into the mosque whilst security measures were in place.

Due to the issues around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had supported the boycott and suspended security coordination with Israel.

It was feared that there could be huge protests tomorrow (July 28) over security, as people flock to Friday prayers.

But in the early hours of this morning (July 28) measures such as barriers and cameras were removed from the compound.

Muslim leaders have now instructed followers to go back to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and many residents handed sweets out in the streets in celebration.

Izzat Risheq, the leader of the Islamist group Hamas, has also claimed Palestinians have achieved “historic victory...tomorrow they will celebrate the removal of the occupation itself.”

But Israeli minister, Naftali Bennett, a member of the security cabinet, told Army Radio: "I anticipate an increase in violence soon.

"Every time that Israel strategically caves, we get an intifada. You sort of benefit in the short term, but you cause damage in the long run."

The security measures had been put in place after two Israeli policemen were shot and killed by gunmen at the compound.

The three Palestinian gunmen were also killed in the incident and thousands of Palestinians attended their funerals at the Masala Mosque in the early hours of this morning (July 27).

The funerals were held at night because the families did not want to cooperate with Israeli rules for daytime funerals, according to The New Arab.

Thousands chanted and waved flags as the bodies of Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Jabareen, Mohammed Hamed Abdullatif Jabarin and Mohammed Ahmad Mufdal Jabarin, were carried in the streets.

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