Three Israelis stabbed to death in West Bank attack

Israeli police clash with Palestinian protesters during a protest against metal detectors that were placed at gates to the Temple Mount in the West Bank city of Bethlehem
Three Israelis stabbed to death in West Bank attack

23 July, 2017

Tensions have run high since last week, when three gunmen shot and killed two Israeli policeman near Temple Mount, a hilltop compound near the Western Wall and one of the most important holy sites in Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

The rallies started after the Muslim Friday prayers, which took place around midday local time.

The new security measures led to a wave of anger among Palestinians, who called for the immediate removal of the metal detectors.

At least three Palestinians were killed and some 200 injured in clashes on Friday as Palestinians protested against the installation of metal detectors at the entrances to a highly sensitive holy site.

Muslim men under the age of 50 were not allowed access on Friday to a contested Jerusalem holy site where the mosque is located, inside the Old City. Israeli media reports said the attacker was shot but survived.

However, authorities refused to remove the metal detectors, arguing the decision came "in light of the events of recent days, which included violent riots near the gates of the Temple Mount and at other sites in villages in East Jerusalem".

Despite global pressure to remove the metal detectors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet decided in Friday's early hours to keep them in place, saying they were needed to prevent arms being smuggled into the shrine.

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Israeli police revealed they have used tear gas grenades in response to rioters who threw stones at officers.

Egypt is extremely anxious about the disproportionate use of force by police against Palestinians in Jerusalem and around Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to a statement.

The three attackers, from the city of Umm al Fahm, were all killed by Israeli security forces.

Different residency rights have been introduced by Israel since it captured the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War.

The site is open for women of all ages and for men over the age of 50, Xinhua news agency quoted a police spokesperson as saying.

Palestinians and Israeli forces clash outside the Old City.

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