UN en­voy: Cri­sis over Jerusalem site must be re­solved by Fri­day

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

JERUSALEM, Mid­dle East — Is­rael on Tues­day dis­man­tled metal de­tec­tors it in­stalled a week ear­lier at a con­tested Jerusalem shrine, hop­ing to defuse a cri­sis with the Mus­lim world, in­clud­ing se­cu­rity ally Jor­dan, the Mus­lim cus­to­dian of the holy site.

The re­moval of the de­vices fol­lowed the res­o­lu­tion of a 24-hour diplo­matic stand­off with Jor­dan over a deadly shoot­ing at the Is­raeli em­bassy in the king­dom, sug­gest­ing a broader deal had been struck.

How­ever, there were signs on Tues­day that the cri­sis over the shrine, rev­ered by Mus­lims and Jews, was not over yet.

Is­rael an­nounced it would re­place the metal de­tec­tors with new se­cu­rity mea­sures. This would in­clude “ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies”, re­port­edly so­phis­ti­cated cam­eras, and ad­di­tional po­lice de­ploy­ments.

Mus­lim lead­ers had de­manded that se­cu­rity ar­range­ments go back to what they were be­fore the metal de­tec­tors were erected.

Ikrema Sabri, a se­nior Mus­lim cleric, said on Tues­day that Mus­lims should stay away from the shrine, pend­ing a review of the new Is­raeli mea­sures. The review could be com­pleted by the end of the day.

“Our po­si­tion is that for now, no­body should en­ter,” he said.

AM­MAR AWAD / REUTERS

Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces re­move the metal de­tec­tors in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tues­day.

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