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Clashes leave 57 Palestinians injured in Jerusalem

Diplomats say the UN Security Council will hold closed-door talks two days later about the spiraling violence after Egypt, France and Sweden seek a meeting to "urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in Jerusalem can be supported".

Palestinians view the new security measures as Israel asserting further control over the site.

Muslim worshippers hold firm in their resolution to not enter the compound while the metal detectors remain in place as concerns rise over a possible escalation of the situation. The three alleged Palestinian perpetrators were tracked to the Al-Aqsa where they were shot and killed by Israel police.

"We've seen examples where drivers have even killed people by running them over and were not arrested, but were given the opportunity to leave the country", said Zalman Shoval, a former ambassador to the United States from Mr. Netanyahu's Likud Party.

The new cameras installed on Saturday night, would be able to detect those carrying weapons, who could be taken aside and checked by police.

The returning staffers included a security guard who shot dead a workman who stabbed him from behind with a screwdriver, plus another Jordanian bystander, according to Israel's account.

It said the new, unspecified, measures, costing 100m shekels ($28m; £21m), would be put in place over the next six months.

The decision to remove the metal detectors was taken by the Israeli Political-Security Cabinet, who chose to use smart inspection technologies in the future.

In a Facebook post Friday, Omar al-Abed said he was avenging what he called Israel's "desecration" of a Jerusalem shrine. Following the shooting, Israeli officials closed the site for the first time in decades.

Metal detectors which were set up at the entrance to a Jerusalem holy site are to be removed, following widespread anger from Muslims.

It is recognised as occupied Palestinian territory under worldwide law.

"Israel is mistaken in the steps it has taken and - I will say this very openly - is heading into isolation", he warned. Friday's main weekly Muslim prayers - which typically draw thousands to Al-Aqsa - had brought the situation to a boil.

A Palestinian man stabbled to death three Israelis in a West Bank settlement on Friday evening, hours after clashes in Jerusalem over a holy site left three Palestinians dead.

The two Jordanians died of their wounds at a hospital.

"It is simply wrong to blame the Israeli government for wanting to protect those entering the Temple Mount after the recent killings", European Coalition for Israel Founding Director Tomas Sandell said Monday night.

But as with anything connected to politics and religion in the Holy Land, the dispute is about much more than the security devices themselves, touching on issues of sovereignty, religious freedom, occupation and Palestinian nationalism. The move incensed the Muslim world and triggered violence. "They feel that the last stronghold is the Al-Aqsa Mosque which they feel has been given to them as a deposit by the Muslim world in order to defend it from a Jewish invasion", he said.



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