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Israeli police bar Palestinian men under 50 from prayer area

Three Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli troops


Updated July 21, 2017 12:57 PM EDT

Three Palestinians were killed following a dispute over metal detectors at a Jerusalem shrine on Friday. Several dozen others were injured by live rounds, rubber bullets and beatings, medics said.

Two of the victims, aged 17 and 24, were killed by live fire, Bayan Baidoun, a spokeswoman for Mukassed Hospital in an Arab neighborhood of the city, said.

The body of the 17-year-old was quickly removed from the scene and buried in an apparent move to prevent Israeli authorities from seizing it. The 24-year-old was taken to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

A third Palestinian was killed in clashes in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. No other details were provided.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tensions were high Friday morning after Palestinian worshipers and Israeli police clashed in the Old City of Jerusalem outside Herod's Gate, according to CNN. The unrest was the result of an decision made by Israeli authorities to bar male worshipers under 50 from entering the area for prayers.

Israeli police implemented stricter security measures after a fatal shooting last week in which two officers were killed by three Palestinian assailants near Lions' Gate in the Old City Walls--next to a religious shrine known to Jews as Temple Mount and, to Muslims, as Noble Sanctuary.

Women, regardless of age, as well as tourists are still allowed to enter the area, police foreign spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said Friday.

Following last week's attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to the officers killed, identifying them as 30-year-old Haiel Sitawe--father to a 3-week old son-- and 22-year-old Kami Shnaan. Temple Mount was closed and reopened last Sunday with added security measures.

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