Israel removes metal detectors from Aqsa Mosque, installs CCTV cameras, Palestinians reject

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Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem after two police officers were fatally shot on July 14, triggering the bloodiest clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in years.

"Palestinians cheered as a truck carried away partitions and scaffolding for security cameras".

The mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, declared on Thursday that the Muslim boycott of the Temple Mount due to new Israeli security measures has ended, after police removed all infrastructure placed recently at entrances to the holy site.

Israeli, Palestinian and foreign journalists have been forcibly removed from areas around old Jerusalem whilst attempting to cover the Al-Aqsa Mosque protests over the past few days.

Three Palestinians were killed and 57 others were injured Saturday in clashes with Israeli police outside Al-Aqsa, according to Israeli officials who revealed the deaths, and the Palestinian Red Crescent which compiled the injuries.

Israel's decision to add the security measures there outraged Muslims and triggered protests and violence.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also said he would halt security ties with Israel until the gates were removed.

The spokesperson of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Luay al-Qarnuti gave a speech at the march, in which he expressed his concern at the "Judaisation of al-Aqsa mosque".

Israel says they will be replaced with high-tech cameras equipped with facial recognition.

Following the conversation, the Israeli embassy staff, including the security guard who had killed two Jordanians after being attacked by one with a screwdriver, returned to Israel from their base in Jordan.

They also called for closing all mosques in Jerusalem on Friday so that people can hold the Friday noon prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Last week. Al-Azhar called on the worldwide community to not remain silent in the face of "the aggressive actions" of Israeli authorities and to liberate the world's places of worship from political and racist control. "Jerusalem is a city of three religions and we respect all religions".

The continued standoff highlighted the deep distrust between Israel and the Palestinians when it comes to the holy site.

The measures, which also saw Palestinian men under the age of 50 banned from Friday prayers, were imposed after the alleged attack nearly two weeks ago at the compound, carried out by Palestinian gunmen who killed two Israeli security guards.

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and is revered as the site of the biblical temples.

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