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Jerusalem Old City Holy Site Metal Detectors Spark Fatal Clashes

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian man following clashes outside Jerusalem's Old City. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

By    |   Friday, 21 Jul 2017 01:44 PM

Three Palestinians were dead in escalating tensions in Israel and the West Bank over metal detectors installed outside Jerusalem's Old City holy site. Another 100 or so people have been injured in week-long clashes up to Friday.

The metal detectors were among restrictions put on worshippers following the fatal shooting of two Israeli police officers outside the Jerusalem's Old City, reported CNN.

Muslim leaders called for mass gatherings to protest the erection of the metal detectors.

Palestinians hurling rocks and Israeli police using stun grenades have clashed daily since the detectors were placed Sunday outside what is known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, reported Reuters.

The holy venue includes the al Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, and the golden Dome of the Rock. It was also the site of an ancient Jewish temple, the holiest place in Judaism.

"A few hundred Palestinians faced off against Israeli forces guarding a gate of Jerusalem's walled Old City,” said NPR's Daniel Estrin, reporting from the scene. “Police are preventing men under the age of 50 from entering. And police say they've blocked buses of Muslims coming to Jerusalem from around the country.”

“In an apparent compromise, police suggested they would no longer require all worshippers to pass through the metal detectors. But Palestinians say the metal detectors are an Israeli attempt for more control of the Muslim-administered site."

YNet News said rioting flared during midday Friday prayers, when Muslims gathered to perform prayers in the street in opposition of the restrictions enforced by Israeli authorities.

The dispute escalated into violence, sparking tensions across the West Bank.

There were reports that 17-year-old Mohammed Sharaf was killed after being shot by a “settler” who also wounded another protestor, noted YNet News.

A second man, Mohammad Hassan Abu Ghannam, was killed after reportedly targeting police with flares in At-Tur.

A third man, Mohammed Lafi, who was reportedly shot in the chest, and later succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital.

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Three Palestinians were dead in escalating tensions in Israel and the West Bank over metal detectors installed outside holy sites in Jerusalem's Old City. Another 100 or so have been injured in week-long clashes up to Friday.
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