Friday, 21 July 2017

Palestinian president freezes Israel contacts over metal detectors

The Palestinian president has suspended all contacts with Israel until metal detectors near the al Aqsa mosque are removed.
The new security measures at the contentious holy site in Jerusalem - known as the Temple Mount by Jews and the Noble Sanctuary by Muslims - sparked violence that left three people dead on Friday.

The violence, which followed mass protests at noon prayers, saw Israeli security forces clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Mahmoud Abbas announced the move at a meeting with senior Palestinian officials on Friday evening.

Shortly afterwards, it emerged that three Israelis had been stabbed to death at a settlement in the West Bank.

The two women and a man were killed after a Palestinian entered their house in the Halamish settlement, Israel's Ybet reported. The attacker was shot dead.

Israeli security forces stand guard as Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray outside Lions Gate, a main entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City

The extra security measures, which also include a ban on Muslim men under 50 accessing the complex, were put in place after three Arab Israelis attacked a patrol near Lion's Gate a week ago, killing two policemen.

The three attackers, from the city of Umm al Fahm, were all killed by Israeli security forces.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting with the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah

SKY     News.

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