- Title: Israel faces mounting Palestinian anger over holy site metal detectors
- Date: 20th July 2017
- Summary: JERUSALEM (JULY 20, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF AL-AQSA MOSQUE AND THE DOME OF THE ROCK AS SEEN FROM NEARBY HILL JERUSALEM (JULY 20, 2017) (VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS) JEWISH VISITORS TOURING AT AL-AQSA COMPOUND WHICH IS KNOWN TO JEWS AS THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND IS HOLLY TO THEM
- Embargoed: 3rd August 2017 15:02
- Keywords: Israel Palestinians al-Aqsa mosque protest over metal detectors
- Location: JERUSALEM / GAZA CITY, GAZA
- City: JERUSALEM / GAZA CITY, GAZA
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0036QIV8SN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is weighing whether to remove metal detectors at a Jerusalem holy site whose installation after a deadly attack last week has stoked Palestinian protests, an Israeli cabinet minister told Israeli army radio on Thursday (July 20).
There have been nightly confrontations between Palestinians hurling rocks and Israeli police using stun grenades in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem since the devices were placed on Sunday (July 16) at entrances to the Al-Aqsa compound.
Tensions remain high ahead of Friday prayers when thousands of Muslims usually flock to al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest shrine, in the compound above Judaism's sacred Western Wall.
The Israeli army said it had put five battalions on standby to reinforce troops in the occupied West Bank if required.
Muslim religious authorities, who say the metal detectors violate a delicate agreement on worship and security arrangements at the Jerusalem site, have been urging Palestinians not to pass through, and prayers have been held near an entrance to the complex.
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