The head of The Palestinian state Mahmoud Abbas announced the suspension of contacts with Israel at all levels due to the installation of metal detectors Israelis on the Temple mount in Jerusalem
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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced a freeze on contacts with Israel at all levels, reports The Jerusalem Post. He made an appeal to the nation, which was broadcast on television, after meeting the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah.
The reason for The statements were part of security measures taken by the Israeli side in the area of the Temple mount and al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Abbas said that the installation of Israeli detectors in the passages to the Temple mount carried out on “trumped-up pretext”.
“I declare the freezing of contacts with the Israeli side on all levels as long as the Israeli government will not cancel the measures against al-Aqsa mosque”, — the newspaper quotes the words of Abbas. According to the newspaper Haaretz, Abbas also pledged to support Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, $55 million and urged his compatriots to donate money for this purpose.
Informed of the new security arrangements in the Old city, triggered protests by the Arab population, which led to clashes with police and victims. According to preliminary data, three people died. The decision to strengthen security measures and install metal detectors and followed the armed attack on the Israeli guards in the area of the Lion’s gate on July 14. As a result of the attack killed two Israeli police, one was injured. Three of the attackers are Arabs from the town of Umm al Fahm was eliminated by the security forces.
UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres condemned the death of three Palestinians in Jerusalem during the wave of protests and expressed condolences to the families of the victims.
On Friday, July 21, on the West Bank of the Jordan river, a Palestinian with a knife attacked Israeli civilians. He broke into a house in the Jewish settlement of Halamish and attacked were people in the room, killing two men and one woman. Another woman with serious injuries was taken to hospital. Citing Palestinian media Jpost reports that the assailant was a 20-year-old Palestinian living in the Khobar village in the West Bank. According to the newspaper, he was shot.