Three Palestinians reportedly killed amid clashes over Jerusalem shrine

Three Israelis were killed in what appeared to be a terrorist attack in a West Bank settlement hours after three Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.

Following the deadly shootout inside the compound last Friday in which two Israeli policeman were killed, metal detectors were installed by Israeli police.

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.

Three Palestinians have been killed in east Jerusalem near to the Old City where Israeli forces have clashed with Muslim worshippers, the Palestinian health ministry said.

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.

  • Rogelio Becker