Erdogan urges Israel to end restrictions at Al-Aqsa Mosque
Jul 24 2017
With tensions rapidly rising, Palestinians called for more protests Sunday and the Israeli government planned meetings. "The murderers will never tell us how to search the murderers", Tzachi Hanegbi, Israeli Minister for Regional Development and a senior member of the ruling Likud party, told Israel's Army Radio on Sunday.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said Oday Nawajaa, 17, died on Saturday after being hit by Israeli live fire in the West Bank city of al-Eizariya.
Arab League country Jordan called for an urgent meeting between the Arab Foreign Ministers in Cairo Wednesday, to address one of the deadliest outbreaks of Israeli-Palestinian violence in two years that left five Palestinians killed and dozens injured following Israel's implementation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount.
The metal detectors were installed a week ago, in response to an attack by Arab gunmen there who killed two Israeli policemen.
After nightfall, a Palestinian sneaked into a home in the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank and stabbed to death three Israelis.
Pope Francis, speaking to pilgrims in Vatican City's St Peter's Square on Sunday, said he was "following with trepidation the grave tension and violence of recent days in Jerusalem" and called for moderation and dialogue.
Aboul Gheit also called on the worldwide community, primarily the United States, to shoulder their responsibilities and compel the Israeli government to maintain the status quo of Jerusalem. Palestinians say they will refuse to pass through the devices, which they condemn as another implement of control employed by a hostile occupation.
Abbas has said the freeze would remain in effect until the metal detectors have been removed. "It's not like the security coordination is an Israeli need".
The clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces erupted after the latter had chose to install metal detectors at the entrances of Haram al-Sharif, also known as Temple Mount, in the Old City.
"The security forces are doing their utmost to maintain security and, to this end, will take all necessary measures", Netanyahu said in a statement.
On Friday, several thousand Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and in Jerusalem after noon prayers - the centrepiece of the Muslim religious week.
Abul Gheit further accused Israel of "adventurism" and said its imposition of fresh restrictive measures could trigger a "crisis with the Arab and Muslim world".