With circumstances of the virus on the rise in Israel and the Palestinian territories, the Waqf authority held an emergency assembly with well being officers.
Waqf members determined to “suspend the entry of worshippers starting from Friday afternoon (September 18) for a period of three weeks”.
“We hope that citizens will understand this procedure, in order to preserve their health and wellbeing,” Waqf member Hatem Abdel Qader advised AFP.
The closure coincides with a three-week lockdown to be imposed by Israel, which controls the entrances of the compound.
The decision to prayer will proceed to ring out throughout Jerusalem´s Outdated Metropolis, Qader mentioned, whereas Waqf workers can be allowed to hope on the website.
Jordan is the custodian of the compound, recognized by Muslims because the Haram al-Sharif, or Holy Sanctuary, and because the Temple Mount by Jews.
It’s only the second time that the Waqf has determined to shut the compound since Israel occupied east Jerusalem within the Six-Day Warfare of 1967.
Israel has beforehand blocked entry to the flashpoint website, which is a spotlight of Palestinian aspirations for statehood.
The Waqf shut the compound on the onset of the pandemic in March, when sweeping closures upended non secular life in a manner not seen for hundreds of years.
Israeli authorities have reported practically 167,000 coronavirus circumstances, with 1,147 deaths.
Within the occupied West Financial institution some 214 individuals have died from the virus and greater than 30,200 circumstances have been registered by Palestinian authorities.