Israel removes al-Aqsa metal detectors as pressure mounts

Jul 25, 2017, 7:26 AM EDT
A Palestinian man carries a child outside the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
(Source: Jordi Bernabeu Farrús/flickr)

In the wake of deadly clashes that have claimed seven lives in the past few days, Israel’s security cabinet agreed to replace the metal detectors, installed recently at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, with a less obtrusive surveillance system.

The decision came as the international community huddled to discuss the ways for defusing tensions and ending fierce violence, which observers believe, could soon spread beyond the city if the “status quo” isn’t restored, writes the BBC.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who earlier backed setting up metal detectors, did an about-turn apparently amid mounting pressure after Palestine suspended all official contacts while global bodies heaped criticism on Israel, notes Reuters.