Palestinians, Israeli police clash in Jerusalem

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In anticipation of protests on Friday, Israeli police barred men under 50 from entering the Old City in annexed east Jerusalem for prayers, while all women were allowed in.

Israeli police also made a decision to prevent Palestinian men below the age of 50 to enter the Old City.

Three Palestinians were killed and hundreds of others were wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem on Friday.

The clashes with Israeli forces broke out after the Israeli government decided not to remove metal detectors installed by police at the gates to Al Aqsa following an attack nearby that killed two policemen a week ago.

The Palestinian president has suspended all contacts with Israel until metal detectors near the al Aqsa mosque are removed.

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Conflicts over the walled holy site, revered by Muslims and Jews, have repeatedly triggered Israeli-Palestinian confrontations. Abbas' office confirmed to CNN that the phone conversation took place.

Israel has defended the controversial moves, claiming they were no different from security measures at other holy sites around the world.

Last Friday, the Israeli regime shut down al-Aqsa Mosque after a deadly shooting at the holy mosque's compound in the Old City.

In one instance, a CNN team outside Herod's Gate saw Israeli police start forcefully pushing worshipers back and pointing their weapons at them. "We urge all leaders and people of good faith to be understanding as this process proceeds and reaches its conclusion", it continued.

"We renew our call that the historical status quo governing these sites be fully respected, for the sake of peace and reconciliation to the whole community, and we pray for a just and lasting peace in the whole region and all its people", the Jerusalem church leaders said.

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations special coordinator for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, called for calm.

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The site is viewed as the third-holiest in Islam, and the holiest in Judaism although Jews are not permitted to pray at the East Jerusalem site because of religious sensitivities.

The Gaza-based terror leader had on Thursday called for a "day of rage" on Friday in Jerusalem.

Israel asserts there is no change to the status quo and that the metal detectors are necessary to stop further attacks.

Tensions have soared since the death of two Israeli police officers, shot dead by Israeli-Arab gunmen in the area surrounding the holy site on 14 July.

The Haram al Sharif or Temple Mount is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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The governor has also had meetings with Germany's top environmental official, as well as with China's President Xi Jinping.

Thousands of Israeli soldiers and troops were deployed in eastern Jerusalem following riots Thursday, which resumed Friday afternoon, Israel's Channel 2 reported.

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