Violent clashes in Jerusalem leave several dead, more than 100 wounded

Israeli police in the old city of Jerusalem
Israeli police in the old city of Jerusalem

24 July, 2017

A second Palestinian was killed by gunfire in east Jerusalem's Ras al-Amud neighbourhood while a third was shot dead in Abu Dis in the occupied West Bank, the ministry said.

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

However prominent Israeli politician Tzachi Hanegbi said the devices would remain and said Israel would not surrender to "violence and incitement".

Tensions over the site, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount, have surged in recent days, with further deaths.

Six people have ben killed in the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years, prompted by new security measures at Jerusalem's holiest site.

At least 57 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli police outside Al-Aqsa, Palestinian Red Crescent said Saturday.

"At the request of the Kingdom of Jordan, supported by a number of the member states, it was chose to hold an emergency meeting of the Council of the League of Arab States Foreign Ministers on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the latest attacks and Israeli actions in the city of Jerusalem and on the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque", the Arab League spokesman said in a statement reported by state-run news agency MENA.

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It said the Palestinian killed a man and two of his children, while a woman was wounded and taken to hospital.

The Israeli government's decision to introduce metal detectors rapidly became a source of friction and a symbolic rallying cry in the contest for control and sovereignty over the sacred compound.

On Friday, anger boiled over and several thousand Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and in Jerusalem after noon prayers, the highlight of the Muslim religious week.

Extra security, including metal detectors, has been in place for a week due to the shooting deaths of two Israeli police officers by three Palestinians, who themselves died in a shootout after they emerged from the mosque.

Sweden, France and Egypt, on Saturday, asked the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to meet regarding tensions surrounding Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Muslim leaders are calling on worshipers to demonstrate outside rather than enter the mosque for Friday prayers.

By contrast, the Red Crescent reported at least 450 Palestinians were wounded in the demonstrations, almost half from tear gas.

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