Israeli forces arrest Hamas leaders in West Bank raid

Israeli police take high positions before Friday prayers

"Jerusalem al-Quds is a red line", the regional organization's chief, Ahmed Abul Gheit, said in a statement released on Sunday, adding that "no Arab or Muslim will accept violations" against holy sites in the city.

In a sign unrest was spreading, a Palestinian stabbed three Israelis in the occupied West Bank on Friday after vowing on Facebook to take up his knife and heed "Al-Aqsa's call".

The 20-year-old attacker assailant infiltrated the settlement of Halamish surprising a family during their Sabbath dinner.

Police Superintendent and spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Twitter, "Names of three Israelis murdered in Friday night attack by Palestinian terrorist, Yosef Solomon age 70, Chaya Solomon age 46, Elad Solomon age 36".

An Israel Defense Force soldier who was on leave heard the woman's screams and shot Abed through the window. TV footage showed the floor tiles drenched in blood, and officials called it a "massacre".

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denies that Israel is trying to change the status quo at Temple Mount.

Netanyahu also held a Cabinet meeting and was to meet with his security cabinet later in the day.

"We are receiving from them an up-to-date picture of the situation, as well as recommendations for action, and we will decide accordingly". "It's Palestinian leadership - Fatah and Hamas - that incites violence against Israelis on a daily basis".

Since then, Palestinian Muslims have been holding the daily prayers outside the gates, insisting they will not enter it for worship until the metal detectors are removed.

"I declare on behalf of the Palestinian leadership the suspension of all contacts with the occupation state (Israel) on all levels until Israel cancels its measures against our Palestinian nation in general and against Jerusalem and at Al-Aqsa mosque in specific", said Abbas. Halting security co-ordination with Israel would have far-reaching repercussions and could sharply raise tensions.

Clashes also flared in east Jerusalem and other Palestinian villages in the West Bank near Jerusalem on Saturday, police said. "You have to understand he's not a partner, he's not looking for peace". The restrictions were imposed after a fatal shooting last week.

Abbas has coordinated closely with Jordan, the Muslim custodian of the shrine.

Pope Francis, speaking to pilgrims in Vatican City's St Peter's Square on Sunday, said he was "following with trepidation the grave tension and violence of recent days in Jerusalem" and called for moderation and dialogue.

Two Palestinians died during the clashes, including one when a Molotov coctail exploded prematurely.



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