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Erdogan urges Israel to end restrictions at Al-Aqsa Mosque

August 20 2017, 02:05 | Irvin Gilbert

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Palestinian worshippers have clashed with Israeli security forces outside a Jerusalem shrine in violence prompted by the installation of metal detectors at its entry point, and at least three Palestinians have been killed.

Saturday's raid took place amid increased tensions in the West Bank over Israel's tightening grip on the al-Aqsa Mosque and the security measures around it.

United Nations deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq quoted Guterres, saying that he "deeply deplores" the killing of three young Palestinian men while they protested the new security measures at the Al Aqsa mosque compound on Friday.

Arab sources said he was shot by Israeli forces, but an IDF spokesman said he had attempted to throw an improvised explosive device, which blew up and killed him.

Israeli police clash with Palestinian protesters in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi el Joz, outside Jerusalem's Old City, following Friday prayers on July 21, 2017.

Egyptian diplomats told Egypt's state-run news agency MENA on Saturday that the objective of the meeting is to discuss "calls for de-escalation amid ongoing clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem".

Clerics from the trust have asked every mosque in Jerusalem to close to protest the security measures, and urged worshipers to pray outside the Al-Aqsa gates instead of entering. Israeli security says the detectors are in response to last week's deadly attack at the shrine by three armed Palestinians.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, is the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest site for Jews.

Following the attack, the Israeli military fortified its troops in the West Bank and on Sunday carried out a wave of West Bank arrests, detaining 29 people, including nine members of the Hamas militant group.

Israel's decision to erect metal detectors at the cite, holy both for Jews and Muslims, served as the catalyst for the violent clashes in around the compound.

By contrast, the Red Crescent reported at least 450 Palestinians were wounded in the demonstrations, almost half from tear gas.

The demonstration on Saturday was organized by the Palestinian Forum in Britain, who said they sought to attract attention to Israel's aggression in Jerusalem.

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