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Israel refuses to remove metal detectors outside Jerusalem mosque despite protests

Israel refuses to remove metal detectors outside Jerusalem mosque despite protests

Israel has removed metal detectors from outside a holy site in East Jerusalem after uproar from Palestinians over their recent introduction.

WAFA correspondent reported on the tense situation in Jerusalem in the aftermath of this Israeli measure, coupled by the repressive measures taken by Israeli police against worshippers. "The Temple Mount is and must remain Muslim", said Khaled Moghrabi, a resident of the Muslim Quarter.

Although metal detectors were already installed at the non-Muslim entrances to the mosque, protests erupted over the heightened security and three Palestinians were killed during a clash of forces.

The metal detectors were put in after two Israeli police from the Druze minority were shot dead by three Israeli Arabs - who were all also killed - from inside the mosque complex.

An Israeli security Cabinet minister says the decision to remove metal detectors from a contested Jerusalem shrine corrected the mistake of placing them there in the first place.

Netanyahu was further hampered following a fatal shooting incident at the Israeli embassy in Jordan on Sunday when an Israeli security guard was attacked and shot dead two Jordanians.

However, there were signs Tuesday that the crisis over the shrine, revered by Muslims and Jews, was not over yet.

He arrived back in Israel late Monday along with the rest of the embassy staff, a statement from Netanyahu's office said, but details of how we was able to return were not given.

The apparent deal came amid intensifying US diplomatic efforts, with President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy, Jason Greenblatt, meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday. Jerusalem is sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians and the al-Aqsa mosque represents the Islamic world's third-holiest site after the cities of Mecca and Medina.

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Monday urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remove new security measures at Al-Aqsa.

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Israeli police officers began to dismantle the metal detectors at the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, after the security cabinet late on Monday accepted the recommendations of the country's security services to deploy technologically advanced video technology instead.

Sheikh Najeh Bakirat, the director of al-Aqsa Mosque, said overnight on Tueday that the move does not fullfil the demands of the Muslim worshippers as the security cameras are being kept. Jordan initially said the guard could only leave after an investigation, while Israel said he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

Jordan's ruling Hashemite dynasty draws much of its legitimacy from its role as protector of the holy site.

"I thank President Trump for directing Jared Kushner and dispatching Jason Greenblatt to help with our efforts to bring the Israeli embassy staff home quickly".

On Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority said the Israeli government bears full responsibility for attacking al-Aqsa and changing the religious landmarks of Jerusalem.

As custodian, Jordan has the final say over Muslim policies at the shrine, but also needs to consider public opinion, including among Palestinians in the Holy Land.

One of the Jordanians was the son of the owner the furniture store, later identified as 17-year-old Mohammed Jawawdeh. The argument took place in the presence of the landlord and a doorman. It said the Israeli fired toward the teen, wounding him, and also struck the landlord who was standing nearby.

The two Jordanians died of their injuries at a hospital.

"It is extremely important that a solution to the current crisis be found by Friday", Nickolay Mladenov told reporters after briefing the UN Security Council behind closed doors.


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