Rights center condemns recent Israeli measures against Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque

23 July, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Rights center condemns recent Israeli measures against Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque

Three Israelis were stabbed to death in the West Bank by a 19-year-old Palestinian who was then shot by a neighbour.

Jerusalem's Old City has been deployed with police officers on high alert on Friday morning in anticipation of violent riots by Muslim worshippers over Israel's installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount compound.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday denounced as "excessive" the use of force by Israeli security forces in deadly clashes over sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

A third died later in Ramallah.

Meanwhile, another Palestinian, identified by medical sources as Muhammad Abu Ghanam, succumbed to his wounds in al-Makassed hospital after being shot by Israeli occupation forces during clashes in the Al-Quds neighborhood of al-Tur.

Egyptian authorities on Friday urged Israel to ease tension after metal detectors were installed at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the foreign ministry said.

Three Palestinians were killed in those clashes and dozens more have been hospitalized, according to the AP.

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Israel, for its part, refused to remove the detectors, claiming the security measures were similar to procedures taken at other holy sites around the world.

Once the prayers were over, police moved toward the crowds gathered in the East Jerusalem business district and at the checkpoints, showering them with volleys of tear gas grenades and rubber bullets.

The confrontations began after the Friday prayers, which thousands of Palestinians performed in the streets, rather than in the al-Aqsa mosque, to protest against Israel's decision.

Israel has alleged that the weapons used in the attack were smuggled into the compound and that the metal detectors are a necessary security feature.

The holy shrine in question is revered by both Muslims and Jews.

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".

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