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Posted July 22, 2017

Thousands of police were deployed around the compound on Friday morning, and Palestinian men under the age of 50 were barred from entering the Old City - a measure which is sometimes taken to try to prevent violent protests at the holy site.

The latest round of violence started last Friday when Palestinian Israelis attacked Israeli security guards who were standing outside Harim Asharif, the sacred compound that Jews revere as Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

In response, Israel began installing metal detectors, a move Muslim religious leaders and Palestinian politicians allege is part of an Israeli attempt to expand control at the site.

The Israeli occupation forces closed the Old City in occupied Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque today with metal doors and barriers, blocking all entrances and gates.

The Waqf, the Jordanian religious authority which administers the Temple Mount, has condemned the use of metal detectors to scan worshipers.

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But after consultations with security chiefs and members of his security cabinet, Mr Netanyahu decided not to order them removed.

Palestinian media outlets reported that at least four people had been killed during clashes with Israeli security forces in Ras al-Amud.

Every night for the last week Palestinians have been refusing to go through the metal detectors and have instead been conducting prayers on the street.

Israel sealed off the site in the aftermath of the attack, saying the closure was necessary to carry out security checks.

The US State Department issued a warning on Monday barring employees and their families from visiting the Temple Mount until July 24.

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They also want any and all political prisoners to be released. "But these seven million people spoke, and it was plenty". Clashes between protesters and police have left at least 93 people dead , 1,500 wounded and more than 500 behind bars.

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations special coordinator for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, called for calm.

Clashes erupted following a mass prayer in the Palestinian neighborhoods surrounding the Old City, after Israeli authorities closed the Al-Aqsa compound for prayer for second straight Friday.

It lies in east Jerusalem, seized by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community.

According to a report on Al Jazeera, the Palestinian Prisoner's Club has claimed that Jerusalem's Fatah leader, Hatem Abdel Khader, is among ten Palestinian activist who have been detained.

The extra security measures, which also include a ban on Muslim men under 50 accessing the complex, were put in place after three Arab Israelis attacked a patrol near Lion's Gate a week ago, killing two policemen.

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