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Israel removing metal detectors from al-Aqsa compound

[7/24/2017 6:20:39 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Israeli security forces have started to remove metal detectors installed at entry points to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East Jerusalem, according to the mosque's director.

Sheikh Najeh Bakirat, the director of al-Aqsa Mosque, said overnight on Tueday that the move does not fullfil the demands of the Muslim worshippers as the security cameras are being kept.

Israel installed metal detectors and security cameras after gunmen shot dead two Israeli guards near al-Aqsa compound on July 14.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet voted to remove the metal detector gates after a meeting lasting several hours convening for a second time on Monday after they had broken off discussions a day earlier.

Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, said that this comes after a "very hard negotiation from all sides".

"It seems there has been some sort of agreement between the custodians of the al-Aqsa mosque compound site, the Israeli police and the Israeli cabinet following a meeting [late on Monday] to resolve the crisis," he said.

The Al Jazeera correspondent said that earlier in the day more security cameras were installed as part of additional security measures seen by Muslims as an unacceptable infringement of one of their most sacred sites.

"Whether they take those down or not remains to be seen," he said.


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