Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has said he had halted security cooperation with Israel after authorities refused to remove metal detectors at the entrance to al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, raising fears of an escalation of violence.
The halt came after a bloody weekend in which three Israelis were murdered by a Palestinian in a West Bank settlement and four Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli forces, in some of the worst violence in recent years.
The Palestinian attacker, Omar al-Abed, wrote on his Facebook before the attack that he wanted to “die for al-Aqsa”.
In an apparent escalation on Sunday night, two Jordanians were killed and an Israeli wounded in a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy in the Jordanian capital Amman.
The two Jordanians, working for a furniture firm, had entered the embassy compound before the shooting, the police said in a statement. READ MORE