Published: Sat, July 22, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Several Palestinians shot dead in Jerusalem clashes

Several Palestinians shot dead in Jerusalem clashes

In anticipation of protests on Friday, Israeli police barred men under 50 from entering Bayt al-Muqaddas´s Old City for prayers, while all women were allowed in.

"Indonesia condemns the steps undertaken by Israeli police, who are limiting access to Al-Aqsa Mosque" the statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The violence erupted over a ban on Muslim men under the age of 50 entering the al Aqsa mosque and the installation of metal detectors.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly meeting with ministers to discuss removing from the site new metal detectors that have enraged Palestinians.

Israel has defended the controversial moves, claiming they were no different from security measures at other holy sites around the world.

Police also cited intelligence information indicating that "extremist elements" were planning "to cause violent disruptions to the public order, and thereby to threaten the public peace, including the [safety] of those coming to pray at the holy sites and other residents of the area".

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Palestinian media outlets reported that at least four people had been killed during clashes with Israeli security forces in Ras al-Amud. Worshippers who refused to pass through the metal detectors chose instead to pray next to them.

The mosque lies on a hill known as the Haram esh-Sharif to the Palestinians and the Temple Mount in Israel.

"This is our place of prayer, we have sovereignty here", Mr Salaam added.

Abu Rdeneh says Abbas told Kushner that the situation is "extremely unsafe and may go out of control" unless Israel removes the metal detectors.

Officials said 3,000 attended several protests over the detectors Israel placed near a site holy to both Jews and Muslims.

Rivlin called last week's attack "intolerable".

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The ministry did not explicitly specify what "all hostile activities" includes, and the definition varies between the two Koreas. North Korea gets most of its fuel from China, with some coming from Russian Federation .

The Turkish leader had earlier held telephone talks with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, telling him the measures imposed by Israel were "unacceptable".

Last Friday, three Arab-Israeli gunmen shot dead two Israeli policemen outside the Temple Mount-Noble Sanctuary complex in one of the most serious attacks in the area in years.

The controversy has resonated beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories, with the United States and the UN Middle East envoy expressing concern.

"We are anxious about any change to [the] historical (Status Quo) situation in al-Aqsa Mosque (Haram ash-Sharif) and its courtyard, and in the holy city of Jerusalem", they write.

The violence had greatly subsided in recent months, but the attack on July 14 that killed two Israeli policemen has boosted tensions.

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