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    Israel To Remove Controversial Metal Detectors at Jerusalem Holy Site

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    Israeli officials will eliminate the use of metal detectors at a historical site in the Old City. The fixtures have angered Muslims seeking to visit the Al Aqsa mosque.

    Less invasive and uncomfortable means of surveillance and security maintenance will be used in place of the metal detectors, said Israeli cabinet officials on Monday. 

    "The cabinet accepts the recommendation of security officials to replace the metal detectors with security inspection based on advanced technologies – smart inspection – and other means to ensure the security of visitors and worshipers in the Old City of Jerusalem," according to an official statement. 

    The metal detectors emerged as a source of dispute and tension outside the Al Asqa mosque when two security guards were killed by armed shooters on July 14. 

    Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Palestinians to "take control of Al Aqsa" and defeat the "racist Israeli plot" on Sunday. 

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet held two separate meetings on Monday to discuss whether to get rid of the metal detectors and ultimately voted to go through with it. 

     

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