Israeli PM threatens to close al-Jazeera offices in Jerusalem

Palestinians stand in front of Israeli forces and newly-installed metal detectors at an entrance to the al Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem

The Israeli measures followed an attack that killed two policemen on July 14.

The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed new tensions ever since Israeli forces introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshippers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in August 2015. Most Muslims have avoided entering the compound in the past two weeks, praying instead in the streets. Injuries came primarily from stun grenades and rubber bullets, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

The location of Al-Aqsa mosque is a recurring hot-spot for clashes between Israeli security and Palestinian protestors.

Earlier in the day, Israeli authorities made a decision to remove the remaining metal detectors and surveillance cameras at the entrances to the Old City and the Temple Mount in the city of Jerusalem in a bid to ease Arab-Israeli tensions triggered by the recent restrictions. The compound is in east Jerusalem, seized by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community.

"The metal detectors and cameras that were put into place outside the Temple Mount after the terror attack on the Temple Mount when two officers were murdered have been removed", the police spokesman's office confirmed in a statement.

Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994 and has been custodian of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem since 1924, said Israel's removal of the extra security measures was an "essential step to calm the situation". The complex houses the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine, but it is also where the ruins of the Biblical Jewish Temple are located.


A tense standoff was underway between Israel and Muslim worshippers at a Jerusalem holy site on Wednesday despite the removal of metal detectors, with concerns of major unrest this week if no resolution is found.

"When we chose to freeze security coordination with Israel, it was because of a number of things that had arisen, including Al-Aqsa issue", Abbas said.

"Israel is exercising its sovereignty and sending a message [to Palestinians] that you have to walk through our metal detectors'".

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas both issued calls earlier this week for mass protests on Friday.

"Dealing with Islamic sanctities with such imprudence poses a real threat of igniting a religious war, because no Muslim in the world accepts tarnishing Al-Aqsa or its closure in the face of the worshippers or placing it under Israeli control", Aboul Gheit said.

He said: "Metal detectors and facial recognition cameras shouldn't have been brought in because it was clear to Israeli intelligence services more than anybody else that this wold exacerbate Palestinian and Muslim feelings". "Every so often we see Palestinians running, trying to avoid the heavy-handed dispersal tactics that the Israelis [are using]". He said he also disagreed with the policies that Israel is imposing on their holy sites and is calling on Christians and Jews to unite against this issue.

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