Three Palestinians reportedly killed amid clashes over Jerusalem shrine
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 23, 2017,
Jul 23, 2017, 0:16
They have asked every mosque in the city to close and have urged worshippers to instead pray outside the gates of al Aqsa rather than submit to the security procedures.
It was not immediately clear if this means the Palestinians are halting their long-standing security coordination with Israel.
At least three Israelis have been stabbed to death and a fourth was wounded in a knife attack in the occupied West Bank settlement of Neve Tsuf.
Israeli police banning Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for second Friday in a row by force.
Israeli security forces have killed over 255 Palestinians, many they say were would-be attackers.
In response, Israel put Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque on total shutdown for two days and canceled last week's Friday prayers for the first time in nearly two decades.
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.
At least 47 Israelis and five foreign nationals have been killed in almost two years of such attacks.
A police statement said, "Entry to the Old City and Temple Mount will be limited to men aged 50 and over".
Officials said 3,000 attended several protests over the detectors Israel placed near a site holy to both Jews and Muslims.
The Palestinian was stopped by a neighbour, an off-duty Israeli soldier, who shot him, the official said.
The Jordanian government, which controls the holy sites, has also criticized the use of metal detectors.
Clashes also erupted at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem.