Abbas backs call for Palestinians to return to Al-Aqsa

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Abbas backs call for Palestinians to return to Al-Aqsa

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas backed calls for worshippers to return to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque on Thursdayafter Israeli authorities removed controversial new security measures.

"The prayers will happen, God willing, inside the Al-Aqsa mosque," Abbas told a press conference, moments after Muslim authorities announced an end to a nearly two-week boycott of the site over new Israeli metal detectors, cameras and railings installed after a July 14 attack killed two policemen.