The Palestinian authorities and the global community do not recognise Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem, occupied in 1967, and later annexed by Israel. The three attackers were seriously wounded, one of them was killed in cold blood, and the occupants prevented the doctors from providing assistance.
Jordan's king is now on vacation in the US, Israel's prime minister is in Europe and the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is on a four-day visit to China.
In a statement, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that Israeli forces removed worshippers at Lions' Gate for allegedly blocking the street while performing prayers.
Palestinian terrorist organizations Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad followed the Muslim Brotherhood's lead with a joint statement on Monday, also translated by IPT, "calling on the masses of the Palestinian people to prepare and declare a general mobilization to defend al-Aqsa Mosque and to escalate the Quds Intifada". In response, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is said to have invited Saudi officials to visit al-Aqsa to see firsthand that the status quo does, indeed, remain in place. Following Friday's terror attack the holy site of Al Aqsa mosque was partly closed.
Fridays in Jerusalem are often a time of heightened security as it's the holy day of the week for Muslims and Shabbat for Jews begins at sundown.
Meanwhile, two rights groups protested against the closure of the Old City and its vicinity in Jerusalem al-Quds and the ban on Palestinians from entering it.
Since 2015, Palestinians have killed 45 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist in stabbings, shootings and attacks using cars.
The assailants were killed by security forces and Israeli authorities briefly closed the compound.
Israel says it has always been in charge of security at the compound, including the gates.
The report further said Israeli forces conducted inspections inside the mosque, inflicting damage on the place.
According to the news site NRG, the mufti was called in to answer questions over his call to worshippers to ignore a temporary ban on prayer and public gathering at the Temple Mount compound and the Haram al Sharif mosque. Areas [are] quiet and security measures continue.