Palestinians killed in recent Al-Aqsa violence: NGO


At a Saturday meeting at Al Husseiniya Palace with leaders of Jordan's Lower House of Parliament, King Abdullah outlined the challenges now faced regarding the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem.

Associates of Abbas refused to go into detail about what the two leaders are expected to discuss. Jordan, which is custodian of holy sites in Jerusalem, was in discussions with the United States in order to help resolve the crisis over Israel's installation of metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount/al-Aksa mosque compound.

The official, Mohammed Ishtayeh, said Sunday that the monarch is to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Abdullah said on Monday that the holy site "would have been lost many years ago" if it was not for Jordan's custodianship and the steadfastness of the people in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

In the aftermath of the protests, Israeli forces have cracked down on any Palestinians believed to be involved in the protests, with almost 50 Palestinians in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) being detained this week due to their activities in the Al-Aqsa unrest.

Abdullah reportedly told Abbas that Trump is committed to brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and "stressed the importance of intensifying efforts to create real political prospects for progress toward resolving the conflict", the Jordanian government's Petra News Agency reported. "There will be no breakthrough in the peace process if there is no American commitment to support a solution to the Palestinian issue", he said.

Ghassan Khatib, a former Palestinian Authority minister and the vice president of Bir Zeit University near Ramallah, said Monday's meetings drew on a sense that Jordan and the Palestinians had complemented each other during the recent crisis over Al Aqsa.

One of the two men allegedly attacked the Israeli with a screwdriver, while the other was apparently shot dead by accident, according to Israeli officials.

In a separate incident last month, an Israeli security guard killed a Jordanian teenager who he accused of attacking him.

When Netanyahu warmly greeted the guard upon his return to Israel, Abdullah said there would be diplomatic consequences.

Thousands of Muslim worshipers participate in evening prayers outside the Lions Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, refusing to enter the Temple Mount enclosure to reach the Al-Aqsa Mosque inside, July 25, 2017.