More than two dozen Palestinians were wounded in fresh clashes that broke out on Sunday night in Jerusalem and the West Bank as Palestinians continued to protest against new security measures at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
The continued violence comes after three Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli forces on Friday during riots over the Temple Mount metal detectors, and two more died Saturday, including one who died when a petrol bomb he was planning to throw at Israeli security forces exploded prematurely.
Thousands of Muslims gathered to pray outside Lions Gate, next to the holy site, known to Muslims as Haram Al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary). At the conclusion of the prayers, riots broke out which police broke up with stun grenades and other forms of riot control.
The security Cabinet met on Sunday night to try to find a way to reduce tensions over the Temple Mount, amid widespread unrest in Jerusalem and the West Bank and following a brutal terror attack in which a Palestinian killed three family members at a Shabbat meal.
The cabinet was said to be reviewing the continued use of the metal detectors put in place at the flash-point holy site after the killing of two Israeli officers by Arab assailants who emerged armed from the Temple Mount. A previous meeting on Thursday night decided to leave the detectors in place, reportedly against the advice of the IDF and the Shin Bet security services.
Since metal detectors were installed a week ago, five Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, an outspoken supporter of the security measures, on Sunday raised the possibility that the metal detectors might be removed, provided an alternative is found.