Metal Detectors at Mosque Spur Violence in Jerusalem

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Israeli officials say they will not remove newly installed metal detectors from outside a Jerusalem mosque, despite their installation triggering rapidly escalating confrontations with Muslim Palestinians, reports the Guardian. Amid a mounting toll of deaths and injuries in the crisis, Israelis and Palestinians are braced for weeks of confrontation, as both sides appeared to dig in to their positions. Israel has also begun installing sophisticated security cameras at one of the entrances to the compound housing the al-Aqsa mosque, known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif and revered by Jews as the Temple Mount.

The sensors were placed at entrances to the al-Aqsa mosque compound after two police officers were shot dead there on July 14. Muslim authorities that oversee al-Aqsa said they would continue their “absolute rejection” of any new Israeli-imposed security measures. In clashes that have grown in intensity since mass protests last Friday, four Palestinians have been killed in confrontations with Israeli security forces, while a family of three Israeli settlers was stabbed to death by a Palestinian who entered their home in the West Bank, citing the al-Aqsa mosque issues as his motive.

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