Palestinians riot over Israeli security arrangements on Temple Mount

Three killed as over 3,000 protesters clash with Israeli police


Three Palestinians have been killed amid riots over Israel’s decision to erect metal detectors around the Haram al-Sharif mosque – or Temple Mount - in Jerusalem.

A further 193 Palestinians have been injured in violent protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

According to Palestinian reports, 19-year-old Mohammad Hassan Abu Ganem died after being wounded at clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of A-tur. His death has been confirmed by Israel's police. Prior to that, 18-year-old Muhammad Sharaf died after being shot in the neck in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood of East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported. A third Palestinian has been killed but is yet to be named.

The riots come a week after two Israeli policemen were killed by three Arab-Israeli gunmen on Temple Mount, which prompted Israeli authorities to install metal detectors around the compound.

Palestinian religious leaders called on worshippers not to enter until the devices were removed, and tension has been building all week.

Protests began when Friday prayers finished at 12pm local time, which led to clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian rioters. Muslim worshippers have been praying outside the compound in protest over the presence of the metal detectors.

Further security measures such as banning Palestinian men under the age of 50 from entering the Old City have been implemented and thousands of Israeli forces are being deployed to try and prevent further violent protests from occurring in the area.

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