Palestinians, Israeli Police In Tense Standoff Over Sacred Shrine

Six people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years, prompted by new security Israeli measures at Jerusalem's holiest site.

Three Israeli Arab gunmen killed the officers near the holy site known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

He was shot by a neighbour - who was a soldier with the Israeli Defense Forces - and taken to hospital, but his condition was unclear.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas asked the U.S. to "intervene urgently" and compel Israel to remove the metal detectors.

Egypt has called on Israel to put an immediate stop to violence and to escalated security measures against Palestinians in Jerusalem and in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa mosque, after three Palestinians were killed in clashes with occupation forces at the mosque on Friday.

Israeli police said five officers were wounded.

Erdogan on Thursday had urged his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin to swiftly remove metal detectors to end the tensions.

According to a report on Al Jazeera, the Palestinian Prisoner's Club has claimed that Jerusalem's Fatah leader, Hatem Abdel Khader, is among ten Palestinian activist who have been detained.

The new restrictive measures have seen the regime in Israel install metal detectors at entry points to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Palestinians react following tear gas that was shot by Israeli forces after Friday prayer on a street outside Jerusalem's Old city July 21, 2017.

It was not immediately clear if this means long-standing security coordination between Israeli troops and Abbas' forces will be halted. "Women of all ages will be permitted", a police statement said.

Metal detectors and extra video cameras were installed at the holy site.

Spokesman for Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdel Aziz bin Ali al Sherif strongly condemned on Saturday Israel's serious violations against Muslim worshippers in Jerusalem on Friday, calling on the global community to promptly move to put a stop to these "criminal acts".

Palestinians also held prayers at West Bank military checkpoints bordering Jerusalem.

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