Published: Sun, July 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

IDF coordinator for the West Bank reconsidering Temple Mount metal detectors

IDF coordinator for the West Bank reconsidering Temple Mount metal detectors

Israeli authorities closed the Al-Aqsa compound and canceled weekly Friday prayers for the first time in almost five decades following a shootout that killed three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen near the holy site in East Jerusalem.

Israeli Government forbade under 50-year-old Palestinians to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

At least 47 Israelis and five foreign nationals have been killed in almost two years of such attacks.

Thousands of Palestinians have marched towards Al-Aqsa in protest at the installation of the metal detectors, with Israeli forces using rubber bullets against some of the most violent demonstrators. The attacker was shot dead.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the suspension of all contact with Israel till "it cancels its measures at al-Aqsa Mosque and preserves the status quo".

Palestinians and Israeli police clashed in and around Jerusalem after the conclusion of Friday prayers leading to the hospitalization of 20 persons.

Another 100 or so people have been injured in week-long clashes up to Friday.

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The current conflict centers around new security measures Israeli police set up around what's known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims.

But the protests have spun out of control, leaving three Palestinian demonstrators dead in Jerusalem this Friday and motivating a terror attack that killed three Israeli settlers in Halamish on Friday evening.

A police statement said, "Entry to the Old City and Temple Mount will be limited to men aged 50 and over".

Clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians broke out after the recent implementation of new Israeli security measures.

Metal detectors and extra video cameras were installed at the holy site.

The Israeli army said the attacker was a young Palestinian man called Omar al-Abed, who hours before the attack, posted on Facebook linking his actions to events at Jerusalem's holy site.

Erdogan on Thursday had urged his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin to swiftly remove metal detectors to end the tensions.

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