Clashes erupt in Jerusalem amid tension over metal detectors at holy site

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he has cut off all contact with Israel in the wake of clashes between Muslim worshipers and Israeli police Friday in Jerusalem's Old City.

Oday Nawajaa, 17, died of his injuries on Saturday after being hit by Israeli live fire at Al-Eizariya city east of Jerusalem, the ministry said.

Muslim leaders and Palestinian political factions had urged the faithful to gather for a "day of rage" against the new security policies, which they see as altering the agreements that have governed the holy site for decades.

It has been a flashpoint site for Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the past decades since the 1967 Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem.

On Friday, Israeli security forces put additional restrictions on entry to the al-Aqsa mosque, the Guardian reported, turning away women and men over the age of 50.

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Amid violent clashes over access to the Temple Mount's Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the League of Arab States plans to hold urgent meeting on the situation in the ancient city. The alleged Palestinian perpetrators were tracked to Al Aqsa where they were shot and killed by Israeli police. Three Palestinians were killed in the clashes with Israeli security forces that ensued, and hundreds were injured.

The hilltop compound, which includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.

The security measures were brought in after two Israeli policemen were killed in an attack by three Arab gunmen near the shrine.

The United Nations Security Council will meet on Monday to discuss the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years, diplomats said on Saturday. The attacker was subsequently shot by a neighbor, a vacationing Israeli soldier, according to an IDF statement.

Palestine's ruling party Fatah praised the Palestinians, who protested in Jerusalem over metal detectors being installed by Israel at the entrances to the sacred Temple Mount compound.

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