For the second consecutive day, Muslim worshipers continued their protest against the newly installed metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount and avoided entering the compound. As part of the protests, the worshipers conducted prayers outside the gates on Monday and called on the police and the Israeli government to reverse the measures.
On Monday morning, police opened three gates for Muslim worshipers, the Gate of the Tribes (Bab al-Asbat), the Gate of the Council (Bab al-Majlis), and the Chain Gate (Bab al-Silsala). Police also eased restrictions on entering the gates of the Old City, and opened the adjacent streets for traffic.
This comes one day after the Temple Mount was reopened to the public following Friday’s deadly attack in which two Israeli policemen were killed.
A couple hundred worshipers came to the Lion’s Gate at approximately 12:45 p.m. to participate in the noon prayer. Police stood nearby as the worshipers …