Three Palestinians Shot Dead by Zionist Forces in East Al-Quds Clashes


On Friday in East Jerusalem and the West Bank clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli security forces. Known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, the site is home to the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque.

It follows an escalation in violence between the Israelis and Palestinians over tensions at Al Aqsa mosque compound. The assailants were shot dead by the police.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, urging the White House to intervene, the Palestinians' official Wafa news agency reported.

The increased security measures around the holy site were instituted following a terror attack last Friday at the Temple Mount that saw three Arab Israeli gunmen shoot and kill two Israeli police officers.

Witnesses said Sharaf was shot in the neck by an Israeli settler, and later succumbed to his wounds.

Israel did not elaborate on how many troops were sent to the Palestinian territory but said the move came after hundreds of soldiers were sent on Friday.

It's the latest escalation in violence following Friday's deadly terror attack at the Temple Mount compound.

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Despite global pressure to remove the metal detectors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet decided in Friday's early hours to keep them in place, saying they were needed to prevent arms being smuggled into the shrine.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 3,000 members of the security forces had been deployed to the area. "Women of all ages will be permitted", a police statement said.

The US State Department on Thursday, urged Israelis and Palestinians to calm the growing tensions in Jerusalem following new Israeli restrictions on Palestinians at Al-Aqsa mosque.

Metal detectors and extra video cameras were installed at the holy site.

Palestinians also held prayers at West Bank military checkpoints bordering Jerusalem.

Israeli police tightened security around Old City as Muslims protested against installation of metal detectors at a flashpoint shrine holy to both Jews and Muslims.