Erdoğan, Abbas discuss escalation at al-Aqsa

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin to swiftly remove metal detectors that have outraged Muslim Palestinian worshippers at a sensitive holy site in annexed east Jerusalem.

Right-wing members of his governing coalition have praised the security measures and stressed that they were introduced only after the murder last Friday of two police officers, Ha'il Satawi and Kamil Shnaan, by Israeli Arabs who emerged from inside the compound to stage the attack.

But Al-Aqsa mosque officials and worshippers have rejected new security measures put in place by Israel, including placing metal detectors and cameras.

Reuters/Ammar AwadThe Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as Palestinian men take part in Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, October 23, 2015.

Protests and scuffles between demonstrators and Israeli police have erupted outside the holy site in Jerusalem's Old City on previous nights.

On Tuesday night, worshipers were joined by several Israeli-Arab lawmakers from the Joint Arab List.

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Meanwhile, the Wakf, the Jordanian-based Islamic Trust that administers the site, called for all mosques to be closed for Friday prayers so every available person could storm the Temple Mount.

Israel said the closure was necessary to carry out security checks.

The murdered and wounded police officers were Druze, according to Naftali Bennett, Israel's education minister.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that he did not want to alter the status quo, which gives Muslims religious control over the site and permits Jews to visit but not pray there.

Police were preparing for the eventuality that the security officials will decided that the metal detectors remain in place, Channel 2 reported.

Israeli authorities reopened the compound to Muslims on Sunday, and non-Muslims on Monday, but with extra security measures, such as metal detectors. It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming all of Jerusalem as the Jewish state's "eternal" capital - a move never recognized by the worldwide community. Areas [are] quiet and security measures continue. During that period, Israeli forces have killed more than 255 Palestinians, majority said by Israel to be attackers while others were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

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