Jerusalem's top Muslim cleric freed from Israeli custody

RAMALLAH – Jerusalem's top Islamic cleric was released after being detained by Israeli police Friday following an attack at a sensitive holy site that killed two police officers, he told AFP.

In a brief telephone conversation, the grand mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein confirmed he had been released, but provided no other details. 

His son said he was released without charge after being questioned over his call for Muslims to come to Jerusalem.

Crowds had gathered in the Old City and Hussein had criticised the Israeli authorities for closing the Al-Aqsa mosque compound to Friday prayers after the attack. –