Palestinians will return to pray at Al Aqsa Mosque from Thursday afternoon after Israeli authorities removed security measures that had sparked deadly unrest.
Led by Saudi Arabia, several states in the Middle East and Africa have severed ties with Qatar since June 5, accusing the gas-rich Gulf state of supporting terrorism and Iran. Qatar denies the allegations.
Muslims in the West Bank and Occupied East Jerusalem staged protests as Friday prayers were meant to start. They are opposed to Israel's installation of metal detectors at the Al Aqsa Mosque complex.
Several hundred Muslims prayed outside two different entrances to the site on Monday in protest over controversial Israeli security measures. Palestinians view it as Israel asserting further control over the site.
The Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City will reopen on Sunday with additional security measures. The mosque was shut down after three Arab Israeli assailants opened fire on Israeli police on Friday.
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The conflict between Israel and Palestine has intensified — and the sacred site of Al Aqsa is at its heart.
The United Nations cultural body passed a resolution which called Israel an "occupying power" and referred to Al Aqsa Mosque compound only by its Muslim name.
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