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24 July 2017, 01:03 | Floyd Cook
Three Israelis and three Palestinians die in separate incidents
Earlier on Friday (local time), thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank clashed with Israeli troops, burning tyres and throwing stones and firecrackers.
There have been daily confrontations between Palestinians hurling rocks and Israeli police using stun grenades since the detectors were placed outside the sacred venue, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, on Sunday, following the killing of two Israeli policemen.
The Palestinian president has suspended all contacts with Israel until metal detectors near the al Aqsa mosque are removed.
The Red Crescent said 390 Palestinians were hurt in the clashes in Jerusalem, most suffering tear gas inhalation, but others injure by live fire and rubber bullets in Jerusalem.
"During that period, Israeli forces have killed more than 255 Palestinians, majority said by Israel to be attackers".
Three people killed Friday in an attack in the Halamish settlement in the northern West Bank were identified by Israeli police on Saturday.
The mosque is Islam's third holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called for security forces to remove the metal detectors in an effort to diffuse the situation, The Guardian says. A man, reportedly aged 70, and two of his children, said to be in their thirties, were murdered, while the man's wife, reportedly aged 68, was seriously wounded.
"Such intrusive and dehumanizing practices", she said in a statement, "aim to provide Israel with carte blanche to exercise security control over the holy sites of Jerusalem".
Hamas said the attack was in response to the violations against the Jerusalem residents and Al-Aqsa Mosque and warned that the Israel government would bear the consequences of its "racial and radical policy" against Palestine.
Crowds gathered outside Jerusalem's Old City found shops closed and streets around Damascus Gate, the entrance most heavily used by Palestinians, blocked.
Access to the shrine for Muslims was limited to men over 50 but open to women of all ages.
Angry demonstrations calling for the removal of the metal detectors are also taking place in cities across the Muslim world.
Israeli police said five officers were wounded.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War.
In recent years, religious opinion has shifted, and growing numbers of Jews are visiting the compound.
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