By MOHAMMED AL-ZAHRAA and SANAA ABED/REUTERS Israel has reinforced security around the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, as security forces try to keep the Palestinians in line with a pre-1967 agreement that was signed by the two countries and is still valid.
In a statement on Friday, the Israeli military said it was “working in coordination with the security services and relevant authorities” to maintain the security of the compound.
The Al-Quds mosque compound is considered holy by Muslims from all over the world and has been in Israeli hands since 1967.
The Old City is also the site of a contested Jewish settlement and the holiest site for Muslims.
Since the outbreak of hostilities in June between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, Israel has been working to ensure that the Al -Aqasas compound is secure and its residents do not harm innocent Israelis or Palestinians.
It has also been pushing for an end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories by Israel and other Jewish-led states, which includes the West Bank.
Israel said on Friday it had taken “appropriate measures to safeguard the holy sites, including placing concrete barriers, firing into the air and preventing people from entering the area.”
“We will continue to act in accordance with the laws of the land and the law of the United Nations,” the military said in a statement.