Israel removes metal detectors from Al- Aqsa Mosque

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Palestinian leaders have urged Muslim worshippers to keep praying outside the al-Aqsa compound in protest at Israel's installation of metal detectors and security cameras near the site, even though Israel removed the metal detectors early Tuesday morning. A second Jordanian, the owner of the building who was also a physician, was hit by gunfire and later died of his wounds.

Jordan continued Saturday its efforts led to end the escalation in Jerusalem and prevent further deterioration in the crisis, demanding Israel to cancel all its unilateral acts that come in "blatant violation of its worldwide and legal obligations as the occupying power", the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

During the call, Safadi stressed the need for the global community to join forces to restore calm by removing all obstacles that Israel has placed in front of worshippers and their right to freely perform their religious rituals.

The dispute, like many in the Holy Land, is about much more than security devices, taking in issues of sovereignty, religious freedom, occupation and Palestinian nationalism.

Netanyahu's office vigorously denied a Channel 2 report that removing the Temple Mount metal detectors was a condition for the embassy guard being allowed to leave Jordan.

Reporters have complained this week that they were being blocked from covering the unrest around the shrine while tourists have been able to freely move about the city and film with their mobile phones.

Palestinians in Jerusalem, who see themselves as the defenders of the holy site, felt Israel crossed a red line with its latest measures.

Since the crisis over the city's most contested shrine erupted more than a week ago, they have set up neat rows of prayer rugs after sundown, kneeling and bowing on the hard asphalt in the set rituals of worship.

Some readers and observers have wondered how a simple matter of metal detectors - so common in so much of the world - could provoke such violence: a Palestinian man stabbed to death three members of an Israeli family in their home and three Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces in clashes.

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The Israeli announcement followed the return of the Israeli Embassy staff from Jordan. He said mass prayer protests would continue until the gates of the compound are opened, metal railings and an iron bridge removed and newly installed cameras taken down.

The government said it would introduce subtler measures instead to secure the compound, which houses the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock, following a deadly attack on Israeli police nearby.

The fate of the holy compound is at the heart of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

In response to that attack, Israel closed the site for two days for weapons searches and installed the metal detectors.

The U.N. Mideast envoy warned of an escalation if the crisis over the metal detectors isn't resolved by the time of Muslim prayers Friday.

Meanwhile, Palestinian politicians and Muslim clerics demanded that Israel restore the situation at the shrine in Jerusalem's Old City to what it was before July 14.

One of the victims, the 16-year-old who had attacked the Israeli with a screwdriver, was buried Tuesday in Amman.

The UN Security Council will also hold closed-door talks on Monday about the spiralling violence after Egypt, France and Sweden sought a meeting to "urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in Jerusalem can be supported".

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