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Palestinians keep up holy site boycott despite Israel's removal of metal detectors

Palestinians keep up holy site boycott despite Israel's removal of metal detectors

Violent clashes broke out in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday evening as Muslim worshipers kept up mass demonstrations and refused to enter a sacred plaza outside a contested shrine, even after Israel removed the metal detectors that had sparked the unrest.

The move by Israel was a bid to defuse tensions that have sown a tide of unrest and a diplomatic crisis.

But mass prayer services devolved into rock throwing, with Israeli police forcibly dispersing the demonstrators with sound bombs. A witness said that several demonstrators were injured by police gunfire.

The escalation in tensions began July 14 when an Arab Israeli shot and killed two Israeli police officers at the...

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