The Al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount was closed to all visitors as a security precaution after Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced Israeli actions as "tantamount to a declaration of war".
It was the first full closure of the site, venerated by both Jews and Muslims, in 14 years.Moataz Hejazi's body lay in a pool of blood among satellite dishes on the rooftop of a three-storey house in Abu Tor, a district of Arab East Jerusalem, as Israeli forces sealed the area and repelled stone-throwing Palestinian protesters.
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