Palestinian Leadership Freezes Contact with Israel over Protest Crackdown

"A few hundred Palestinians faced off against Israeli forces guarding a gate of Jerusalem's walled Old City", said NPR's Daniel Estrin, reporting from the scene.

Three Israeli Arab gunmen killed the officers near the holy site known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

On Thursday, Egypt's Al-Azhar - the world's highest seat of Sunni Islamic learning -issued a statement expressing its "extreme concern" over the "provocative measures" by Israeli forces at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas asked the United States to "intervene urgently" and compel Israel to remove the metal detectors.

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Israeli officials say three Israelis have died and one more is wounded after a Palestinian broke into a home in a West Bank settlement and stabbed the inhabitants.

On Friday, three Palestinian assailants opened fire from a sacred site inside the Old City, killing two Israeli police officers before being shot dead.

Tensions have soared since two Israeli policemen were killed last Friday. Access to the shrine for Muslims was limited to men over 50 but open to women of all ages.

Apart from wounds from live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas, some victims said they were run over by Israeli armed forces vehicles.

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Protests began Sunday after the mosque's leadership urged worshippers to boycott new metal detectors installed at entrances to the mosque.

However, Palestinians claim the extra security measures represent a change and a further erosion of their rights to access to the holy site.

The Palestinian was stopped by a neighbour, an off-duty Israeli soldier, who shot him, the official said.

The Israel Defense Forces unit which administers the Palestinian territories said on Saturday that it was reconsidering the placement of controversial metal detectors at a Jerusalem holy site.

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Despite global pressure, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet decided early on Friday to keep the metal detectors in place, saying they were needed to prevent arms being smuggled into the shrine.

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