Israeli security forces detain Jerusalem’s top Islamic cleric after attack

Israeli border policemen secure the area near the scene of the shooting attack, in Jerusalem's Old City July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Vastavam web: Israeli security forces detained Jerusalem’s top Islamic cleric as crowds gathered in the Old City following an attack today near a highly sensitive holy site that killed two police officers, the cleric’s son said.The grand mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the city’s highest Islamic authority, had earlier gathered in the Old City with others and condemned the closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque for prayers after the attack.Hussein’s son Jihad Hussein told AFP his father had been taken to a police station near the Old City.

“Until now, we don’t know what is going on with my father,” he said.One of the mufti’s bodyguards, Khaled Hamo, said police “entered the crowd and took the mufti.” Security forces locked down the area and the Al-Aqsa mosque was closed to Friday prayers after the attack in a highly unusual move.Hussein had earlier condemned the closure of the mosque compound for prayers.”I have very little information about it, but it doesn’t mean you should close the mosque for prayers,” he told journalists at the Lions Gate entrance to the Old City, near the holy site.