Israel says Friday's prayer at Jerusalem's shrine ends peacefully

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-29 00:01:52|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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JERUSALEM, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Israeli authorities said Friday's prayer at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque ended peacefully.

Police came out in force in case of mass demonstrations but prayers ended without incident, the Times of Israel reported, citing Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld as saying.

Israeli police was already on high alert before Friday's prayer when thousands of Muslim worshippers went to the mosque in East Jerusalem.

The police have adopted several security measures against violence, including prohibiting men under 50 from entering the holy site, closing a number of roads and deploying extra police personnel in East Jerusalem.

After Israel removed metal detectors and surveillance cameras installed after the July 14 shooting, Muslims renewed prayer at the holy site on Thursday.

On July 14, three Arab-Israeli gunmen opened fire at two Israeli policemen and shot them dead at the yard of the mosque, while police forces fired back and killed them.

Israel then shut down the mosque for two days and placed electronic gates and cameras at the entrances to the mosque. The action provoked Muslims who refused to enter the mosque through these gates.