Muslim worshippers enter the holy site which is known as the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims and Temple Mount to Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem, on July 27, 2017. Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli police near East Jerusalem's flashpoint shrine on Thursday afternoon, the Red Crescent said, shortly after the prayers at the site resumed. (Xinhua/Muammar Awad)
JERUSALEM, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli police near East Jerusalem's flashpoint shrine on Thursday afternoon, the Red Crescent said, shortly after the prayers at the site resumed.
The Red Crescent said at least 50 Palestinians were injured in East Jerusalem, shortly after the prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound were resumed.
Early on Thursday morning, Israeli authorities removed the CCTV cameras' overhead metal bridge and the railings. These were the last in new security measures, including metal detectors that triggered a two-week-long violence.
A few hours later, the Jerusalem Mufti Mohammed Hussein and the Waqf, a Jordanian body that administrates the site, ruled that the status quo at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound has been restored and that the prayers can be resumed.
Over the past two weeks, hundreds of Muslims were holding daily mass prayers outside the site, to protest against the measures, following calls by Muslim leaders.
The detectors, installed following a shooting attack that killed three Israeli policemen, sparked a huge protest. They are seen by the Palestinians as a violation of the status quo at the Muslim-run compound and an Israeli attempt to gain more control over the site.
In the clashes that ensued, at least four Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces and hundreds of others were injured. Three members of an Israeli family in a West Bank settlement were killed by an assailant who said he did it "to redeem Al-Aqsa."