Jerusalem, July 23: Israel installed new security cameras on Sunday at the entrance of Lion’s Gate which stands beside the holy site, Temple Mount. On Friday, three Palestinians were killed in street clashes in worst street violence that stirred up in years, and later a Palestinian killed three members of an Israeli family.
Also, Israel Police restricted the movement of journalists around Lion's Gate. Journalists are banned from the area open to the public, next to the entrance, including the spots in which new security cameras were installed.
Earlier Israel set up the metal detectors after Arab gunmen opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen. It said they were a necessary measure to prevent more attacks and were deployed routinely at holy sites around the world. But Muslims alleged that Israel was trying to expand its control at the Muslim-administered site and have launched mass prayer protests.
Talking upon the installing of new security measures, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who heads the Israeli defence body for Palestinian civilian affairs, said that "the only thing we want is to ensure no one can enter with weapons again and carry out another attack. “We’re willing to examine alternatives to the metal detectors as long as the solution of alternative ensures the prevention of the next attack."
Heads of the Waqf, the Muslim authority in charge of Temple Mount custodianship and senior religious leaders issued a statement which said that "We oppose all means Israel implements at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque including metal detectors," they declared. "We call on King Abdullah, Mahmoud Abbas and all leaders of Arab and Islamic states to take responsibility and use all means of pressure at their disposal to stop Israel's aggressive behaviour against the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
On Friday, several thousand Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and in Jerusalem after noon prayers. Three Palestinians were killed and several dozens wounded. On the same evening, 20 –year old identified as Omar al-Abed entered a home in Halamish settlement, where a family was having their traditional Sabbath dinner. He stabbed to death Yosef Salomon, 70, and his adult children, 46-year-old Chaya and 35-year-old Elad. A neighbour, an off-duty soldier, heard the screams, rushed to the home and opened fire, wounding the attacker.
The police installed the metal detectors at the entrance of Temple Mount after the shooting attack on July 14, in which two Border Police officers were murdered and another was moderately wounded. The three terrorists, all residents of Umm al-Fahm, were shot to death. The police then ordered Temple Mount closed to the public and announced the cancellation of Friday prayers, the first such cancellation in years.