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Jerusalem holy site reopens after attack amid tension over security

JERUSALEM — Muslim worshipers visited a Jerusalem holy site Sunday after Israel reopened the compound following a rare closure in response to a deadly shooting last week that raised concerns about wider unrest. For the first time in decades, Israel closed the site — known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount — on Friday after three Arab citizens of Israel opened fire from the sacred site with automatic weapons, killing two police officers. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that after consultations with security officials the site would be reopened with increased security measures that included metal detectors at the entrance gates and additional security cameras. Jordan’s stance is that anything installed at the site must be approved by the Waqf, or Muslim administration, and cannot change the status quo, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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