Published: Mon, July 24, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Mahmoud Abbas suspends 'all levels' of relations with Israel

Mahmoud Abbas suspends 'all levels' of relations with Israel

The clashes, which began after Friday prayers, saw Israeli police fire live ammunition and tear gas against Palestinians protesting against the new measures.

Three people killed Friday in an attack in the Halamish settlement in the northern West Bank were identified by Israeli police on Saturday.

Several thousand Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank clashed with Israeli troops, burning tyres or throwing stones and firecrackers.

On Friday, Israeli security forces put additional restrictions on entry to the al-Aqsa mosque, the Guardian reported, turning away women and men over the age of 50.

Israel says the detectors are necessary for security reasons following the killing of two of its police officers at the East Jerusalem compound last week.

He later announced he was freezing contacts with Israel over the security measures at the holy site.

The hilltop compound, which includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.

Violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians have left at least six people dead.

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Usta also mentioned Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan's remarks on Al-Aqsa Mosque: "Al-Aqsa Mosque is in our power". Speaking in the parliament on Tuesday, Erhan Usta condemned Israel's order to close the Al-Aqsa mosque to worshippers.

Palestinians have grown furious with Israel's decision to install metal detectors at the shrine, which they see as an intrusion on their religious rights.

Israel TV's Channel 10 said the assailant was in his late teens and had posted on Facebook that he was upset by the events at the Jerusalem shrine.

Israeli police said the weapons were smuggled into the holy site which was then used as the launchpad for the attack.

The Palestinian charge that Israel is hampering Muslim access to the Temple Mount is contradicted by facts on the ground.

But by early afternoon, with police mobilising extra units and placing barriers to carry out checks at entrances to the Old City, there had been little serious violence. Since Israel captured and annexed the Old City, including the compound, in the 1967 Middle East war, it has also become a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

"Jerusalem is a red line", Ahmed Abu Al Gheit said, adding that "no Arab or Muslim will accept violations" against Jerusalem's holy sites.

An Israeli minister joined the calls for the removal of metal detectors on Sunday as the situation in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank remained explosive.

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