Israel cracks down on Hamas in West Bank after deadly attack

by Garry Watts July 24, 2017, 0:27
Israel cracks down on Hamas in West Bank after deadly attack

Israel refused to remove the detectors, claiming the security measures were similar to procedures taken at other holy sites around the world.

Clashes erupted near al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City.

The attacker at the settlement was a 19-year-old Palestinian supporter of Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, according to an Israeli military official.

Jerusalem's top Muslim cleric, Mohammed Hussein, said protests would continue until the metal detectors are removed from the site, which is known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

The announcement followed days of violent clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in the vicinity of the mosque.

"He announced that contact with Israel would be frozen, saying" I declare the suspension of all contacts with the Israeli side on all levels until it cancels its measures at Al-Aqsa mosque and preserves the status quo". Israeli security says the detectors are in response to last week's deadly attack at the shrine by three armed Palestinians.

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"They don't have a right to place the [metal detectors] at the gates to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, because sovereignty over the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is our right...." Movement of Palestinians from his village was also restricted by Israeli security services.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said it was treating three Palestinians who were shot with rubber bullets, six who suffered tear gas inhalation, and one who fell during the Qalandia clashes.

The Israeli government's decision to introduce metal detectors rapidly became a source of friction and a symbolic rallying cry in the contest for control and sovereignty over the sacred compound.

In addition, hundreds of Arabs were wounded as thousands people continued to violently protest the installation of security measures at the Temple Mount following the murder of two Israeli policemen on July 14.

Meanwhile, another group of protesters also gathered to condemn Israel's latest restrictions in Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the latest killing in Northern Ireland's Londonderry city. The attack ended with Alabed being shot and taken to hospital.


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