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Saudi Arabia says king’s contact with US helped ease Al-Aqsa mosque tensions

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Thursday King Salman had been in contact with the United States and other world powers to try to prevent Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City being closed to Muslims and to defuse political and religious tensions. Israel overnight removed all security infrastructure it had put in place this month at Muslim entrances to the al-Aqsa mosque compound and on Thursday Muslim elders urged worshippers to return there to pray. "The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman…

Erdogan urges Muslims to ‘visit’ and ‘protect’ Jerusalem

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday urged all Muslims to visit and protect Jerusalem after violence broke out over metal detectors Israel installed and later removed from a sensitive holy site in the city. "From here I make a call to all Muslims. Anyone who has the opportunity should visit Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa mosque," Erdogan said in Ankara. "Come, let's all protect Jerusalem." He was referring to a site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, which is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.…

Two Jordanians killed, Israeli wounded at Amman embassy

JERUSALEM: An Israeli security guard shot dead a Jordanian who attacked him with a screwdriver at the Israeli embassy compound in Amman, while a second Jordanian was accidentally killed, officials and a security source said. The incident on Sunday night came with tensions high over new Israeli security measures at a highly sensitive holy site in Jerusalem, but it was not clear if there was any link. The Jordanian had come to an apartment in an annex building at the Israeli embassy, to install furniture and stabbed the…

Israel suspends cooperation with UNESCO after Jerusalem vote

JERUSALEM: Israel suspended cooperation with UNESCO on Friday after the UN cultural organisation adopted two resolutions on annexed east Jerusalem ahead of a final vote next week. In a letter sent to UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Education Minister Naftali Bennett accused the body of ignoring "thousands of years of Jewish ties to Jerusalem" and aiding "Islamist terror." "I have notified the Israel National Commission for UNESCO to suspend all professional activities with the international organisation," he said.…

New clashes at Al-Aqsa mosque compound

AL-QUDS: New clashes broke out on Monday morning between Israeli police and Palestinians at flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, an AFP journalist said, with further trouble feared in the week ahead as Jews celebrate the Sukkot holiday.