Israeli forces attack worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque

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Moreover, the Saudi king expressed no reservations about Israel's decision to upgrade security by installing metal detectors at the entrances to Jerusalem's Temple Mount in the wake of the terror attack last Friday that left two Israeli policemen dead and others wounded.

Palestinian worshipers have protested the new devices, which they say infringe upon the fragile status-quo governing Muslim and Jewish prayer at the incendiary site.

The news comes after the controversial Israeli closure of the mosque, deemed the third holiest site in Sunni Islam, to Muslims and tourists on Friday, following an attack on Israeli police the same day.

The centers stressed that the measures violate the right to free movement and work and are also considered as racist as Israel allows the Jews to enter the compound but bans Palestinian residents of Jerusalem al-Quds from entering or opening their shops. But police said that despite the tensions, hundreds of worshippers had entered the compound.

The soldiers invaded homes in Jerusalem's Old City, interrogated many Palestinians, and abducted three young men, identified as Jihad Nasser Qous, Abdullah Da'na, and Fadi al-Metwer.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that following consultations with security officials the site would be reopened Sunday afternoon with increased security measures that included metal detectors at the entrance gates and additional security cameras. The statement further said that "if the metal detectors continue to be imposed, we call upon the people to pray in front of the gates of the mosque and in the streets of Jerusalem". 'I assume that with time they will understand that this is not bad, ' he told Army Radio.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas conveyed a similar message to Netanyahu when the two spoke by phone on Friday in the wake of the attack.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli military said its soldiers have detained twelve Palestinians overnight; four in Nablus, three in Qalqilia, three in Hebron, and two in Abu Dis near Jerusalem. Proposals to change security measures at the compound have sparked controversy in the past.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites that glorify violence.

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