Israel razes home of Palestinian for killing 3 Israelis

Israeli authorities closed the Al-Aqsa compound and canceled weekly Friday prayers for the first time in almost five decades following a shootout that killed three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen near the holy site in East Jerusalem.

Officials said 3,000 attended several protests over the detectors Israel placed near a site holy to both Jews and Muslims.

Street clashes over the shrine earlier left three Palestinians dead.

Palestinians unable to enter Al-Aqsa mosque due to new security restrictions held the prayers nearby, outside the wall of the Old City.

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Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has announced that the Palestinian leadership will freeze contact with Israel over its harsh crackdown on Palestinian protesters at the Al Aqsa mosque compound on Friday.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Omar al-Abed said he was avenging what he called Israel's "desecration" of a Jerusalem shrine.

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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.

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.

In a statement released on Saturday, the United Nations said the Secretary General Antonio Guterres "deeply" deplored the death of Palestinians, calling on all political, religious and community leaders "to help reduce tension" in the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds.

Israeli authorities have installed metal detectors at the facility, following a deadly attack last week.

The move angered Palestinian and other Muslims who saw it as Israel asserting further control over the site.

Israel's decision to leave the metal detectors in place came after calls on Thursday for the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to back down and remove the devices so as not to worsen the situation.

  • Sonia Alvarado