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Abbas Urges Jared Kushner to Pressure Israel Into removing Metal Detectors

August 23 2017, 11:17 | Irvin Gilbert

Abbas Urges Jared Kushner to Pressure Israel Into removing Metal Detectors

Israeli security forces stand guard in front of Palestinian Muslim worshippers praying outside Lions Gate a main entrance to Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's Old City

"Police are coordinating to enable Friday prayers to take place and at the same time secure measures are taking place", an official statement read.

Street clashes over the shrine earlier left three Palestinians dead.

On Friday evening, Mr Abbas announced that he would "freeze" ties with Israel "on all levels" until the metal detectors are removed from Haram Al Sharif, but did not say whether this meant halting security co-ordination.

At least three Israelis have been stabbed to death and a fourth was wounded in a knife attack in the occupied West Bank settlement of Neve Tsuf.

The metal detectors were introduced after a brazen attack on the morning of July 14, when three armed Arab citizens of Israel emerged from Al Aqsa mosque and fatally shot two Israeli Druze police officers who were guarding an entrance to the compound.

Israeli police have barred Muslim men under the age of 50 from entering a contested Jerusalem holy place for prayers on Friday.

Israeli media reported that the Palestinian attacker was shot and wounded and also taken to hospital.

Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said reinforcements have been deployed in and around the Old City.

Hatem Abdel-Kader, the Palestinian Authority's chief negotiator, was one of several officials arrested by Israel this morning, according to Middle East Eye, though reason for his arrest was not given.

Muslim leaders and Palestinian political factions had urged the faithful to gather for a "day of rage" on Friday against the new security policies, which they see as changing delicate agreements that have governed the holy site for decades.

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

The Israeli army said the Palestinian had spoken of the Jerusalem holy site and of dying as a martyr in a Facebook post.

Since 1967, Israel has increasingly cut off east Jerusalem from its West Bank hinterland. The move has angered Muslims who fear Israel's imposing its control over the site might pave the way for alterations in the current agreement, which gives them exclusive prayer rights in Al-Aqsa.

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