Tensions High In Jerusalem Over Recent Escalation In Violence


Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held a phone conversation on Friday with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Malki about the recent tension after Israel imposed restrictions on the Al-Aqsa compound.

A large number of Israeli troopers raided the home of 53-year-old Omar Abdel Razek in the central West Bank city of Salfi on Sunday morning, and violently ransacked it before taking the Palestinian lawmaker away to an unknown location.

JERUSALEM-Israel installed new security cameras Sunday at the entrance to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, as officials began indicating it was considering "alternatives" to the metal detectors at the contested shrine that set off a weekend of violence and raised tensions in the region.

Interviewed on Army Radio, Gilad Erdan, Israel's public security minister, said Israel may do away with metal-detector checks for all Muslims entering the al Aqsa compounds under alternative arrangements under review.

Israel made a decision to install the metal detectors after Arab-Israeli gunmen had shot two police officers dead. Israeli police said protesters Friday were combative with rocks and firebombs.

After nightfall, a Palestinian sneaked into a home in the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank and stabbed to death three Israelis.

The Israelis said that if Abbas really did end security coordination between Palestinian forces and their Israeli counterparts, it would be Abbas and his people who would suffer the most.

He said security measures at the 37-acre esplanade, with eight entry gates for Muslim worshippers, were insufficient before the shooting attack. A Jordanian man later died of his wounds, a security official said.

Ramallah: Israeli forces arrested a number of Hamas leaders and activists in raids in the West Bank on Sunday, media reported.

Two Palestinians were martyred in clashes with Israeli occupation forces Saturday over restrictive Israeli measures at Al-Aqsa holy Mosque.

But Israel's defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said it can live without security cooperation with the Palestinians.

"We need different security measures and means for checking (those entering) there", he told Israel TV's Channel 2.

"[The metal detectors] will remain". He also accused the Israeli government of "adventurism" and said its moves at Al Aqsa could trigger "a crisis with the Arab and Muslim world".