The Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem announced yesterday, July 15, that it had lost its definitive control over the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
In its announcement, it said that the entire Al-Aqsa Mosque compound was a Muslim right only and all actions taken by Israel were a blatant violation of this right.
The announcement by the Waqf Department came after the Israeli decision to close the Temple Mount in the wake of the shooting attack on Friday, during which two Border Policemen were murdered.
The Waqf Department demanded that the Al-Aqsa Mosque be opened immediately and that Muslims be permitted to hold religious worship there without any restrictions.
It accused Israel of "breaking into" the Al-Aqsa Mosque without the presence of Waqf members, calling the Israeli action "aggression against the faith and history of the Islamic nation."