At Least 2 Palestinians Are Killed Amid Jerusalem Protests

It was not immediately clear if this means long-standing security coordination between Israeli troops and Abbas' forces will be halted.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem, where three Palestinians were killed and 400 wounded in clashes following the Friday prayers. Five Israeli police officers were injured, the Guardian reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin to swiftly remove metal detectors that have outraged Muslim Palestinian worshippers at a sensitive holy site in annexed east Jerusalem.

The military said the attacker apparently jumped over the fence and infiltrated the family's home as they ate the traditional Sabbath evening meal. Bin said the attacker was wounded and evacuated to hospital.

The Palestinian president has suspended all contacts with Israel until metal detectors near the al Aqsa mosque are removed.

Late Friday, Abbas declared the Palestinian Authority was "freezing" all contacts with Israel over the ongoing violence at the Temple Mount (known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif).

Israel says the three Israeli Arabs involved in the 14 July shooting near the compound were able to smuggle guns inside and that the new security measures are needed to stop similar attacks.

In response to the security measures, Palestinians rallied after the Muslim Friday prayers, protesting the new measures, including the barring of Muslim men under the age of 50.

The holy site in Jerusalem's Old City is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The measure was expected to trigger more anger at the volatile site.

Despite worldwide pressure to remove the metal detectors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet decided in Friday's early hours to keep them in place, saying they were needed to prevent arms being smuggled into the shrine.

The city of Jerusalem is sacred to members of all there Abrahamic faiths - Muslims, Jews, and Christians - and the Al-Aqsa Mosque represents the Islamic world's third-holiest site.

  • Jack Mann