Israel 'willing to consider alternatives to metal detectors'

Israeli police in the old city of Jerusalem

And they encouraged Israel and Jordan to work together to uphold it.

Anticipating a demolition, local residents in the village of Kobar said the family emptied its home of valuables Saturday.

Egypt, which now holds the Arab seat in the United Nations security council, urged Israel to stop violence against Palestinians in Al-Aqsa mosque.

Tensions have mounted for days with Palestinians protesting over installed metal detectors by Israeli security forces outside the sacred venue.

But as Israel's cabinet met on Sunday with the issue on top of the agenda, Tzachi Hanegbi, the minister for regional development and a senior member of the ruling Likud party, told Army Radio: "They (metal detectors) will remain". Muslim religious leaders alleged Israel was trying to expand its control at the compound under the guise of security, a claim Israel denied.

Israeli officials argue that the detectors are needed for security after the gun attack outside the mosque. Israeli police said protesters Friday were combative with rocks and firebombs.

In addition, the Red Crescent emergency service confirmed 391 people were wounded in the clashes, many after inhaling tear gas, the Palestinian news agency Maan said.

With Israeli generals warning the violence may spiral, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering alternatives to the walk-through gates placed at entrances to al Aqsa mosque compound after two policemen were shot dead there on July 14.

Two Palestinians have been killed after clashes with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited the site of the attack, the Israeli settlement of Halamish, and consulted with top commanders.

Palestinians say the Israeli measures are aimed at paving the way for the Judaization of the city.

Muslims around the world said the new measures aim to change the status quo - a delicate balance of prayer and visiting rights.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who has announced he was freezing contacts with Israel over the dispute, said Sunday this included the security coordination that has been credited with preventing wider unrest in recent years.

"We are examining other options and alternatives that will ensure security", Mordechai said in an interview with Al-Jazeera.

A Palestinian attacker stabbed to death three Israelis on Friday, and hours earlier three Palestinians were killed.



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