Three Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces in Jerusalem
:: The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported three Palestinians were killed by live bullets fired by the Israeli forces in clashes erupting on Friday after the prayers in Jerusalem.
Twenty Palestinians were reported wounded and four arrested in the clashes between the Israeli forces and the Palestinians, reported Al Arabiya.
An Israeli police spokesman says police are banning Muslim men under the age of 50 from Al Aqsa mosque ahead of feared mass protests over the installation of metal detectors there.
The Israeli army provided reinforcements to the police to handle protests in Jerusalem.The clashes between the Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian protesters erupted in Qalandiya.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Friday that reinforcements are being deployed in and around Jerusalem’s Old City, where the walled shrine is located. He says: “Police and border police units mobilized in all areas and neighborhoods.”
Muslim leaders have called for mass protests at Friday noon prayers. They urged worshippers to pray outside the shrine rather than submit to security procedures. Muslim leaders allege Israel is trying to expand its control there by installing the security devices.
Jordan and UAE call for opening Al-Aqsa mosque
The United Arab Emirates and Jordan have called on the Israeli authorities to open Al Aqsa mosque to worshipers in Jerusalem and to respect the existing state of affairs in the city, an official Jordanian source said Friday.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreed in a phone conversation Thursday evening that the Al-Aqsa Mosque should be opened immediately to worshipers.