Zionist Israelis Left Al Aqsa mosque

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Joesph Muktaar

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Occupied East Jerusalem - Thousands of Palestinians attended noon prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem on Saturday, following two weeks of protests over surveillance equipment and other obstacles to free movement at the entrances and gates of the compound.

The compound was opened to worshippers of all ages, a day after Israel temporarily restricted men under the age of 50 from entering the holy site.

"For Saturday, this is a high turnout, but al-Aqsa needs the support of all Muslims," Nabil Dumeiri, a resident of occupied East Jerusalem, told Al Jazeera.

"We owe this to the people [Palestinians] of Jerusalem, to the field and to the supporters who came from nearby areas ... the Israeli police have backed down and removed the metal gates in order to absorb the anger," he added.

Dumeiri was referring to Israel's decisions to remove newly installed surveillance cameras and metal detectors from the entrances of the compound.

The Israeli restrictions were implemented nearly two weeks earlier after three Palestinians, citizens of Israel, shot and killed two Israeli policemen outside the compound on July 14.

The Palestinians responsible for the attack were chased inside the compound and shot dead.

The compound was closed for two days and reopened with the addition of newly installed metal detectors, angering Palestinians who feared Israel was attempting to alter the status quo and take full control of the holy site.
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