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Monday, July 24, 2017

Palestinian leader halts security co-operation with Israel over mosque dispute

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