Palestinian killed in Jerusalem after Friday prayers

The new security measures at the contentious holy site in Jerusalem - known as the Temple Mount by Jews and the Noble Sanctuary by Muslims - sparked violence that left three people dead on Friday.

Palestinians and other Muslims perceived the move as a means for Israel to assert further control over the site, and Palestinians have been refusing to enter the compound holding prayers outside instead, with clashes occasionally breaking out with police.

Friday prayers are frequently a flashpoint for protests and unrest in Jerusalem and the West Bank, with police severely restricting Muslim access to the area surrounding the al-Aqsa mosque and setting up checkpoints.

Netanyahu's office responded that Israel would "take all the necessary actions to maintain security on the Temple Mount, without changing the status quo", the New York Times reported.

The Palestinians have protested the new security measures, which they say are meant to expand Israel's control over the site.

In the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Palestinians also prayed outside in support of the Al-Aqsa protests and clashed with Israeli soldiers.

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'The Israeli offer to keep the metal detectors in place, but only require suspicious individuals to pass through them, was unreservedly rejected by the Palestinians, ' he said.

The Waqf refused to ascend the Temple Mount after the installation of the metal detectors and security cameras.

In the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian militant group Hamas called for a day of "rage" on Friday.

The mosque is located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City.

Some 42 people were wounded in clashes Thursday night between security forces and Palestinian protesters, who rioted during rallies against the introduction of metal detectors last week, Army Radio reported.

Baker, whose organization works to safeguard the city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) by preserving its Arab identity and sacred Islamic and Christian sites, said: "We have called on Muslims worldwide to fast every Thursday until Al-Aqsa is liberated".

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Conflicts over the walled holy site, revered by Muslims and Jews, have repeatedly triggered Israeli-Palestinian confrontations. When the al-Aqsa compound reopened, metal detectors had been installed, which angered Muslim religious authorities.

After the attack, the White House called for calm.

Israel installed the detectors after three Palestinians launched an attack from the shrine a week ago, killing two Israeli policemen.

Hatem Abdel-Kader, the Palestinian Authority's chief negotiator, was one of several officials arrested by Israel this morning, according to Middle East Eye, though reason for his arrest was not given.

The participants of the global conference in Baku dedicated to the issue of Jerusalem condemned the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the ban on Jumah prayers.

Tensions have soared since two Israeli policemen were killed last Friday.

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