Israel removes metal detectors from Jerusalem

Published on : Tuesday, July 25, 2017

620x349The security cabinet of Israel voted to remove and replace the metal detectors with less obtrusive surveillance. After a mid night cabinet meeting, the metal detectors were removed from the Holy city of Jerusalem.



There were deadly clashes after the metal detectors were set up, which Palestinians saw as an attempt of Israel to declare control over the site of Jerusalem. The Government of Israel said that they were necessary to prevent weapons being smuggled in.



The Security Council of Israel had mounted the metal detectors at entry points to the Al-Aqsa mosque complex in eastern part of Jerusalem for the security checks. But the two police officers were guarding the entrance to the site, which sacred to Jews and Muslims, and were fatally shot on July 14, which was triggering the bloodiest conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians in years.



This made the death tolls and the tensions. Three Israelis and four Palestinians were dead in violence on Friday and Saturday which have generated the global alarm and prompted the United Nations Security Council to assemble a meeting to seek out the ways of calming the situation.



For this, the Security Council and the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu voted to remove the metal detector gates after a high profile meeting lasting for several hours.



The incident followed the killing on 14 July of two Israeli policemen by Israeli-Arab gunmen, who police say had hidden their weapons on the hilltop site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as Haram al-Sharif.



An official statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the security cabinet accepted the proposal of all the security bodies to alter the checking and the examinations with metal detectors to a security inspection based on advanced technologies and other means.



According to the Office of Prime Minister, it is said that the new, unspecified, measures can costing 100m shekels ($28m), which would be put in place over the next six months. Until then, extra police and the border forces would be deployed around the site.




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