Metal detectors at Temple Mount protect all

Israeli authorities last week canceled weekly Friday prayers for the first time in almost five decades, following a shootout that left three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen dead.

Tensions have been high in Jerusalem after last week saw three Palestinians and two Israeli police officers killed in gun violence in the compound of the al-Aqsa Mosque.

On Sunday, after it reopened, Israeli security forces placed metal detectors outside, something Palestinian officials told Reuters was a violation of their worship agreements. A third victim died later in Ramallah, reports the Guardian.

Early Friday, three Palestinian men were shot dead and hundreds of others were injured in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke with United States counterpart Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, urging the White House to intervene, the Palestinians' official Wafa news agency reported.

The occasion was the installation of metal detectors at Holy Muslim Temple mount that led to the outbreak of violence.

The metal detectors were among restrictions put on worshippers following the fatal shooting of two Israeli police officers outside the Jerusalem's Old City, reported CNN.

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Tear gas being fired at protesters on Friday by Israeli forces outside the Old City.

Thousands of police were deployed around the compound on Friday morning, and Palestinian men under the age of 50 were barred from entering the Old City - a measure which is sometimes taken to try to prevent violent protests at the holy site.

Witnesses cited by the agency said Sharaf was shot in the neck, although the precise circumstances have not been confirmed.

Under the post-1967 arrangements, Muslims administer the compound, while Jews can visit, but not pray there.

An Israeli official confirmed to Fox News that "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held security consultations this (Wednesday) morning about the ongoing events and will continue these discussions later today".

Palestinians protesting outside the Old City.

Muslim leaders allege Israel is trying to encroach on Muslim rights at the shrine, a claim Israel denies.


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