Palestine envoy to UN: Al-Aqsa crisis at tipping point


Respondents were asked whether the security cabinet capitulated in its decision to remove the metal detectors, with 77 percent saying yes, 17% saying no and six percent saying they did not know.

Details of the advanced technologies envisaged were not immediately clear.

"This movement is a movement of the street", said Sheikh Raed Dana of the Islamic Waqf organisation, which administers the holy compound.

As one of Trump's closest aides, Kushner has been given a massive portfolio, tasked with leading an initiative to reshape the way the federal government works and taking a lead on USA efforts to broker a lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

On Friday, anger boiled over and several thousand Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and in Jerusalem after noon prayers, the highlight of the Muslim religious week.

Israeli authorities claimed the July 14 attackers smuggled guns into the compound, underscoring the need for the installation of metal detectors.

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Despite the removal by Tuesday morning of the metal detectors, Muslim worshippers have continued to stay away and pray at the gates leading to the holy site, as they have since the metal detectors were installed.

Global calls to resolve the crisis intensified on Monday, as United Nations envoy to the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov warned of "potential catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City" if the issue is not solved.

Meanwhile, a senior Israeli security official held talks in the Jordanian capital on Monday to defuse a burgeoning diplomatic crisis after Jordan refused to release the Israeli embassy security guard.

Israel's Ambassador Danny Danon told reporters that Netanyahu was working to calm the situation, but said: "We will do whatever is necessary to maintain security".

Netanyahu's right-wing government is wary of being seen to yield to Palestinian pressure over the site, which Jews revere as the vestige of their two ancient temples.

Churches around the world are offering prayers for "just peace" in Jerusalem after some of the most hard scenes in years.

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Clashes erupted between Israeli security forces and Palestinians around the Old City, elsewhere in annexed east Jerusalem and in the occupied West Bank, leaving three Palestinians dead.

'They (metal detectors) will remain.

"It is critically important that the status quo is preserved in Jerusalem", Mladenov said after briefing the UNSC.

It is in east Jerusalem, seized by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community.

A second Jordanian was also killed, apparently by accident. We are holding ongoing contacts with security and government officials in Amman, on all levels, to bring the incident to a close as quickly as possible.

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