Palestinian worshippers have clashed with Israeli security forces outside a Jerusalem shrine in violence prompted by the installation of metal detectors at its entry point, and at least three Palestinians have been killed.
Israeli police pushed Palestinian worshipers back and fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse those who said Friday they prefer to worship in the street rather than go through added security measures to get into a sacred mosque.
Palestinians say that East Jerusalem is their city, and they want it to be considered as the first city in the suggested two-state solution.
On Friday, three Israeli settlers were stabbed to death at a settlement near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
Clashes erupted late Saturday in the Old City of Jerusalem, where hundreds of Muslim men defiantly held evening prayers outside after being denied entrance to the holy site Muslims call Noble Sanctuary and Jews call Temple Mount.
Jerusalem is a "red line" and Arabs and Muslims would not accept such violations by Israeli occupation forces, the pan-Arab organisation chief said in a separate statement Sunday.
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Since then, however, Palestinians have been refusing to enter the al-Aqsa compound while holding mass prayers outside the site, many of which have turned violent.
On Friday, three protesters were killed by Israeli troops, including a 17-year-old who was fatally shot in the neck.
Metal detectors installed after two Israeli policemen were killed have sparked protests by Palestinians.
It houses the al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third-holiest site, and the western wall of the compound, also known as the Wailing Wall, is considered the holiest site in Judaism.
The assailant's father said Saturday that he thought his son was upset with the loss of Palestinian lives in the ongoing violence in Jerusalem, as well as wanting to protect "honor" of the holy site in Jerusalem, AP reported.