Six killed in violence over Jerusalem holy site

Six killed in violence over Jerusalem holy site”

"On behalf of the Palestinian leadership I declare a freeze of contacts with the occupying state on all levels until Israel commits to cancelling its measures against our people in general and especially in Jerusalem city and Al-Aqsa mosque".

The attacker had posted on Facebook that he was upset by events in Jerusalem, according to Israel's Channel 10.

The Palestinian attacker, according to the army, was shot and injured.

Last night the army said that a 20-year-old Palestinian man, named locally as Omar el-Abed, had infiltrated the Israeli settlement of Halamish on the West... It said he was shot, but his condition was not initially known.

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

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.

Three Israeli citizens died in the attack, and one was evacuated to Shaare Tzedek hospital.

It was not immediately clear who fired the shots, with unconfirmed media reports that an Israeli settler was responsible in Sharaf's death.

The compound is the third holiest site of Islam, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Ministers chose to leave the metal detectors in place, despite recommendations to remove them by the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, and other security organizations.

Israel on Friday barred access of Muslim men under 50 to Al-Aqsa mosque compound and deployed about 3,000 policemen near the site amidst expected protests over security measures. Thousands of them had prayed in the streets of the Old City, reported The Guardian.

Palestinians believe that Israel intends to change the status-quo at the site while many Israelis voice frustration over what they see as restrictions on Jewish prayer at the complex.

Israeli police mobilised extra units and erected barriers to carry out checks at entrances to the Old City.

The site is know to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Israel captured East Jerusalem, along with its holy sites, from Jordan in the 1967 war and then annexed the area in a move that was never internationally recognized.

Israel said the metal detectors would remain in place.

Israeli police said five officers were wounded.

The hilltop compound has always been a source of religious friction.

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