Israel says Jerusalem mosque metal detectors to stay, may be reduced

The Israeli father, in his 60s, and his two children, both in their 40s, were killed and his wife was hospitalized in serious condition after a teenage assailant entered their home in the Halamish settlement with a knife as the family was eating Shabbat dinner, the Times of Israel reported.

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.

Meanwhile, Israeli officials said on Sunday that they will not remove metal detectors installed outside al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Police used stun grenades as clashes briefly erupted at the Lion's Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, where for the past three days Muslim worshipers have held prayers in protest of the new security measures rather than ascending the compound to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Saturday, Cairo and Amman discussed possible measures that could be taken following the recent escalation of violence at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, Egypt's foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary was closed after last Friday's attack, and reopened Sunday for worshippers, visitors and tourists, with added security measures.

"It is astonishing that [the Department of ] State is parroting the false Palestinian narrative", said B'nai B'rith in its statement.

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Noting the particular sensitivities surrounding the holy sites of Jerusalem, and the need to ensure security, the Quartet envoys called on all sides to show restraint, refrain from provocative actions and work toward de-escalating the situation. "It's Palestinian leadership - Fatah and Hamas - that incites violence against Israelis on a daily basis".

Two Palestinians have been killed after clashes with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank.

On Saturday, Abbas's political party, Fatah, praised the demonstrations against the Israeli metal detectors and asserted that the protests "will not stop until a Palestinian victory and the release of the holy sites from Israeli occupation".

Fatah even described Israel's move of metal detectors installation as "racist".

"The Israeli government is playing with fire and risking a major crisis with the Arab and Islamic world".

"On behalf of the Palestinian leadership I declare a freeze of contacts with the occupying state on all levels until Israel commits to cancelling its measures against our people in general and especially in Jerusalem city and Al-Aqsa mosque".

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