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Israel seeking to consolidate control over al-Aqsa

Israel seeking to consolidate control over al-Aqsa”

Israel chose to install the metal detectors at the entry to the shrine on Sunday.

Palestinian youths run from the path of an Israeli army bulldozer during clashes in the village of Koubar, west of Ramallah, on July 22, 2017, as Israeli forces try to close the roads leading to the village.

"If they (Palestinians) do not want to enter the mosque, then let them not enter the mosque".

The Associated Press said including Friday's violence, "Palestinians have killed 47 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks against civilians and soldiers". Police said they were investigating the charge.

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Palestinian health officials said three Palestinians were killed by live fire in different areas of Jerusalem.

Three Israelis have been killed and one wounded in a stabbing attack at the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank late Friday, rescue services report.

Medics reported another 40 wounded in the Gaza Strip.

The incidents "attest to the combustability of the current period", military chief Lieutenant-General Gadi Eizenkot said in a speech to new recruits.

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The Jordanian government, which controls the holy sites, has also criticized the use of metal detectors. These could include reinforcing Israeli police at the entrances and introducing CCTV cameras with facial-recognition technologies. According to police, dozens of people entered the compound.

Any such substitute arrangement was not ready, he added. The site is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

"I announce the freezing of contacts with Israel on all levels and the suspension of coordination until all the measures taken at al-Aqsa mosque have stopped", Abbas said in a message tweeted by his Fatah Movement.

Protest leaders, including top Palestinian officials, claim the metal detectors are part of an Israeli conspiracy to hamper Muslim worship at the Mount, the holiest site in Judaism and a site considered holy in Islam. He gave no details. The two countries cooperate closely on regional security issues, but frequently disagree on Israel's policies at the shrine.

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In Turkey, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had called Thursday on Israel to remove the metal detectors "in the shortest time possible", "because of the importance (the esplanade of the Mosques) for the whole muslim world".



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