Metal Detectors Lead To Violence Between Israelis And Palestinians
- Author: Adam Floyd Jul 23, 2017,
Jul 23, 2017, 0:17
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.
Israel began installing metal detectors at entrances to the site on Sunday following an attack that killed two police officers.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced the freezing of all contact between the two sides.
Israeli police have banned men under the age of 50 from entering Jerusalem's Old City for Friday Muslim prayers as tensions continue to rise over the installation of metal detectors outside the al Aqsa/Temple Mount compound.
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Resisting worldwide pressure to remove the metal detectors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet insisted that they were needed to prevent arms being smuggled into the shrine.More news: Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies, Chinese government says
Israeli Police used tear gas and stun grenades to push back protesters near the shrine in Jerusalem's old city.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday condemned Israel's excessive use of force against Palestinians in East Jerusalem, urging an immediate end to its new restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Access to the shrine at Temple Mount has been limited to women of any age and men over 50.
The spokesperson slammed the Israeli violations, including the killing and arresting of Palestinian worshippers who have been holding the daily prayers outside the gates to Al-Aqsa Mosque and depriving Palestinians of their right of worship, as terrorism.
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.
Other riots and clashes occurred in cities throughout the disputed territories Friday, including in the Qalandia refugee camp and Hebron.
It was not immediately clear if this means long-standing security coordination between Israeli troops and Abbas' forces will be halted.