Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Muslim Brotherhood condemns Egypt attacks

Muslim Brotherhood condemns Egypt attacks

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the attack could spark more violence and urged all sides to avoid escalation.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone later in the day as tensions heightened over the attack.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani, who is now visiting the Turkish capital, Ankara, stressed on Twitter his condemnation of the "unprecedented aggression" on al-Aqsa Mosque. Netanyahu said in his statement after the attack that the current rules would be maintained. Israeli security officials vowed to tighten security checks around the holy site. Abbas also called the King of Jordan asking him to intervene with Israel to force reopening of the mosque for Muslim prayers in his capacity as custodian of the Muslim holy places in occupied Jerusalem.

Egypt's embattled Muslim Brotherhood group has condemned two deadly attacks that left seven people dead, including two foreigners.

The violence had greatly subsided in recent months.

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"The Old City is always off limits on Fridays through 3 p.m. because tensions are always higher and the potential for violence greater", the alert said.

The esplanade is revered by jews as the Temple mount.

Footage released by police showed the attackers with guns raised running from inside the compound and attacking the officers on duty at the entrance.

A relative says three Palestinian assailants who killed two Israeli policemen from inside a Jerusalem holy site were devout Muslims who frequently visited the shrine.

Security forces pursued the terrorists and returned fire, neutralizing the terrorists, confiscating two Karl Gustav rifles and a pistol, and sealing off the area, thereby preventing Muslim's traditional Friday prayer at the site. At least one had a knife and tried to stab Israelis, he said.

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Police identified the attackers as Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Jabarin, 29, Mohamed Hamad Abdel Atif Jabarin, 19, and Mohammed Ahmed Mufdal Jabarin, 19.

Police investigators will be focusing on how the gunmen were able to smuggle the weapons past Israeli security forces and Waqf guards into the holy compound.

State of Qatar strongly condemned Israeli occupation authorities' prevention of Friday prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque, for the first time since 1969.

Netanyahu's statement said the site, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, would be open from Sunday noon to Muslim worshippers, tourists and Jewish visitors.

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