Palestinian leader halts security co-operation with Israel

  • Palestinian leader halts security co-operation with Israel

Palestinian leader halts security co-operation with Israel

The announcement follows the killing of at least three Palestinians in clashes in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Friday after Israeli police fired live ammunition, tear gas, and rubber coated bullets to disperse protesters.

The wounded woman, 68, was hospitalised with stab wounds to her back, Israeli media said.

Israel chose to install the metal detectors at the entry point to the shrine in Beit-ul-Muqaddas on Sunday, after the killing of two Israeli security forces on July 14.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed the metal detectors at the holy compound in Jerusalem, where Muslims pray at Al-Aqsa mosque.

On Saturday, three Palestinians were killed and more than 200 were injured when occupation forces attacked worshippers outside the mosque following Friday prayers.

Palestinians reject the metal detectors because they view the move as Israel asserting further control over the site.

Israel made a decision to install the metal detectors at the entry point to the shrine in Jerusalem about a week ago after the killing of two Israeli policemen stationed there.

Anger has spilled across the West Bank since last week when Israel shut the Al-Aqsa Mosque, venerated by Muslims and Jews, who call it the Temple Mount, following a deadly shootout.

The assailant was shot by Israeli police and is hospitalized in Israel. "If they (Palestinians) do not want to enter the mosque, then let them not enter the mosque".

Israeli police said five officers were wounded. A neighbour, an off-duty soldier, heard the screams, rushed to the home and opened fire, wounding the attacker.

There has been speculation that they are meant to replace the metal detectors, but Israeli security sources have been quoted as saying that is not the case.

Sacred to Muslims, Jews, and Christians, Jerusalem is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which for Muslims represents the world's third-holiest site.

Jerusalem is a "red line" and Arabs and Muslims would not accept such violations by Israeli occupation forces, the pan-Arab organisation chief said in a separate statement Sunday.