Hundreds in Jordan protest Temple Mount closure
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Hundreds in Jordan protest Temple Mount closure

Demonstration in Amman in wake of terror attack follows Friday's protest in Turkey outside Israeli consulate

Protesters chant slogans in the Jordanian capital Amman on July 15, 2017 during a demonstration against the closure of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which Israeli security forces closed a day earlier after Arab gunmen killed two Israeli policemen in the Holy City. (AFP PHOTO / KHALIL MAZRAAWI)
Protesters chant slogans in the Jordanian capital Amman on July 15, 2017 during a demonstration against the closure of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which Israeli security forces closed a day earlier after Arab gunmen killed two Israeli policemen in the Holy City. (AFP PHOTO / KHALIL MAZRAAWI)

Hundreds of people on Saturday protested in the Jordanian capital of Amman against Israel’s closure of the Temple Mount following a terror attack in which two police officers were killed.

At the demonstration, protesters condemned the “Arab silence” over the decision to close the holy site and also issued calls of support for the “warriors of the conquered city,” the Ynet news site reported.

Many of the protesters waved Palestinian flags and chanted anti-Israel slogans.

The protest in Amman followed a demonstration on Friday outside the Israeli consulate in Istanbul, in which dozens of people waved Turkish and Palestinian flags and called Israel “cursed,” Channel 2 reported.

Since Friday’s attack, in which three Israeli-Arabs killed two Israeli Druze police officers near Lions Gate just outside the Temple Mount complex, tensions have been steadily increasing, with Muslim leaders calling for Israel to reopen the site.

Muslims pray as Border Police officers stand guard during Friday prayers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, July 14, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Muslims pray as Border Police officers stand guard during Friday prayers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, July 14, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In addition to Jordan, the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation — an umbrella group of 57 nations — have all condemned the closure.

The Waqf — the Jordan-based Muslim organization that administers the Temple Mount — has also called for the site to be reopened and on Saturday charged that it had completely lost control over the compound.

In addition, the Hamas terror group on Saturday described the closure of the site as a “religious war” and called for attacks against Israelis.

After the shooting attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government took the rare step of sealing the site amid security sweeps. Israel said the killers emerged from the Temple Mount compound with automatic weapons, in what Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called a “defiling” of the holy site.

Israel closed the compound for the first time since 1969, saying it was carrying out security checks, including for further weaponry.

Netanyahu instructed the site be gradually reopened starting Sunday, and dismissed allegations that he was seeking to change the long-held status quo at the site.

Despite his assurances, anger has continued to build in the Muslim world over the closure to the Temple Mount and the restrictions on entering the Old City, with the widespread condemnations often making little or no mention of the actual attack.

AFP contributed to this report.

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