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Monday , 21 August 2017
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CCTV cameras at Jerusalem

In a move to boost security, Israel has placed CCTV cameras at an entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem as tensions over security measures there continue.

Metal detectors installed after two Israeli policemen were killed have sparked protests by Palestinians.

It remains unclear if the metal detectors will be removed.

Tensions over the site, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount, have surged in recent days, with further deaths.

Israel set up the new security measures last week after Arab gunmen opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen. It said they were a necessary measure to prevent more attacks and were deployed routinely at holy sites around the world. But Muslims alleged Israel was trying to expand its control at the Muslim-administered site and have launched mass prayer protests.

Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who heads the Israeli defense body for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Israel was open to alternatives to lower the tensions.

“The only thing we want is to ensure no one can enter with weapons again and carry out another attack,” he said. “We’re willing to examine alternatives to the metal detectors as long as the solution of alternative ensures the prevention of the next attack.”

The Palestinians have strongly objected to the metal detectors being installed, seeing it as a move by Israel to assert more control over the sacred site.

Many Palestinians have prayed in the streets instead of going through the metal detectors. The Muslim authorities overseeing the Al-Aqsa mosque say they reject any change to the status quo.

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