Deadly violence sparks over Jerusalem metal detectors

Meanwhile, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has been actively encouraging the global community to demand that Israel dismantle their new security measures and put an end to escalating tensions in the Old City.

Two of the victims died soon after the attack in the area known as Neve Tsuf, north of Ramallah.

Three Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded in the clashes.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Friday that he would suspend all contacts with Israel because of the new security measures.

The Israel Defense Forces unit which administers the Palestinian territories said on Saturday that it was reconsidering the placement of controversial metal detectors at a Jerusalem holy site.

The extra security measures, which also include a ban on Muslim men under 50 accessing the complex, were put in place after three Arab Israelis attacked a patrol near Lion's Gate a week ago, killing two policemen.

Other clashes between angry Palestinian youths and Israeli forces broke out in several cities across the West Bank after Friday prayers.

Clashes have been taking place across East Jerusalem, with Palestinians furious at security measures imposed at the ultra-sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque.

Israeli Police used tear gas and stun grenades to push back protesters near the shrine in Jerusalem's old city.

Security forces prohibited Palestinian men under the age of 50 from entering Jerusalem's Old City for Friday Muslim prayers this week, .

Earlier on Friday, 3,000 officers were deployed around the Old City to avoid riots, according to AP.

Four officers were hurt in the violence, said the Israeli military.

Under the post-1967 arrangements, Muslims administer the compound, while Jews can visit, but not pray there.

Palestinians had refused to enter the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount - home to the al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock - unless they were removed, holding prayers outside instead.

"In an apparent compromise, police suggested they would no longer require all worshippers to pass through the metal detectors".

  • Jon Douglas