US urges restraint after Al-Aqsa mosque reopened to Muslims

Israeli soldiers stand near the Western Wall at the Temple Mount on October 30, 2014, in the old city of JerusalemThe United States urged all sides in Jerusalem to exercise restraint amid spiralling tensions in the holy city, and was working with Israelis, Palestinian and Jordanians to try to restore calm. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also condemned the shooting of hardline rabbi Yehuda Glick, who holds both Israeli and US citizenship. She called for the reopening of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem to Muslim worshippers, just before police said the compound was now open again. “We’re extremely concerned by escalating tensions across Jerusalem and particularly surrounding the Haram al-Sharif, Temple Mount,” Psaki said.

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