Six dead after violence erupts over Temple Mount metal detectors

Violet Powell
July 23, 2017

On Friday, thousands of Palestinians worshipped in the streets around the Old City after refusing to enter the compound - known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, home of the al-Aqsa mosque.

The security measures were put in place after a terror attack on July 14 left two Israeli policemen dead.

The Israel Defense Forces unit which administers the Palestinian territories said on Saturday that it was reconsidering the placement of controversial metal detectors at a Jerusalem holy site.

"Police are coordinating to enable Friday prayers to take place and at the same time secure measures are taking place", an official statement read.

The Associated Press said including Friday's violence, "Palestinians have killed 47 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks against civilians and soldiers".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed the metal detectors.

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Three Palestinians were killed and several dozen taken to hospital with live or rubber bullet injuries.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem, where three Palestinians were killed and 400 wounded in clashes following the Friday prayers.

On Sunday metal detectors were placed at the site by Israeli forces as a security precaution, prompting violent daily Palestinian-Israeli confrontations over what was perceived as an intrusion on a sacred site.

Hamas said the attack was in response to the violations against the Jerusalem residents and Al-Aqsa Mosque and warned that the Israel government would bear the consequences of its "racial and radical policy" against Palestine.

A PALESTINIAN man was shot dead by an Israeli settler yesterday in occupied East Jerusalem amid protests over new clampdowns on access to the Al-Aqsa mosque.

The Israeli police said extra units had been mobilised to bolster security in the Old City, while Muslim access to the shrine for prayers would be limited to women of all ages and men over 50.

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