In Pictures: Day of violent clashes over Jerusalem's Temple Mount

Violent protests erupted on Friday as tensions reached new heights over security measures placed at Temple Mount. Three protesters died during the confrontations.

July 21, 2017 20:07
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Palestinians clash with Israeli security outside the Old City of Jerusalem. (photo credit: REUTERS/AMMAR AWAD)

Thousands of Israeli police officers and five IDF battalions contained fierce Friday protests by Palestinians who rejected the new security measures placed on Temple Mount after a deadly terrorist attack that killed two Israeli police officers.

Protesters clashed with security forces in Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank.

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Israeli security arrests Palestinian man  (Reuters)

 Palestinian relatives of Mohammed Abu Ghannam, who was shot dead during clashes with Israeli forces, mourn during his funeral in the A-Tur area of east Jerusalem (AFP)
Riots throughout the West Bank on Friday, July 21, 2017.

Despite calls for a Muslim 'day of rage,' Israeli security forces were able to maintain public order.

Protests in Jordan, Turkey, and Malaysia called on the Jewish state to remove the metal detectors and security cameras that now monitor those who wish to enter al-Aksa to pray. The Israeli government is adamant that no changes to the status quo had been made and supported the view of the Israeli police that the security measures were vital.

Palestinian uses flare during protest (AFP)

 A Palestinian protester uses a sling to hurl a stone towards Israeli troops during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border fence east of Jabalia refugee camp (AFP)

 Israeli police detains a Palestinian (Reuters)

The Wakf, the Muslim body which controls al-Aksa, discouraged worshipers from entering the mosque since the security changes were made. Few visitors decided to pray there on Friday, the majority of Palestinians chose to stay outside the site and pray in the street in an ongoing protest.

Palestinians pray next to a road block in Jerusalem (Reuters)

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