Surveillance on Al-Aqsa Mosque to ease tensions

    Surveillance on Al-Aqsa Mosque to ease tensions

    Oct.25, Jerusalem: Israel and Jordon has agreed to step up 24 hour surveillance to calm tensions in the holy Al-Aqsa mosque area.

    US Foreign Secretary John Kerry who is on a tour in the region said after the meeting that Palestinian President Mohmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah on Saturday agreed on the deal. King Abdullah is the site's custodian.

    Kerry said that the issue of fresh violence between Israelis and Palestinians were centre of talks. He said Israel had renewed a pledge to maintain existing rules there.

    Protests against Israel's ongoing occupation broke out last month amid growing unrest triggered by Israeli incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound - the third holiest site for Muslims - and have taken place across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and in Palestinian communities in Israel.

    Kerry said that Israel had also given assurances it had no intention of changing the status quo at the compound in occupied East Jerusalem, home to Al-Aqsa Mosque and another Islamic icon, the Dome of the Rock.

    The Oslo Times


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