Palestinian men pray as Israeli security forces secure outside the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City July 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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A senior Muslim official in Jerusalem said Wednesday that worshippers would not return to a contested shrine until Israel removes the new railings and cameras it installed after a deadly attack there, prolonging a crisis that Israel hoped it had resolved by making concessions at the site.A lawyer working on behalf of the Muslim administration of the holy site would be in touch with Israeli police about it, he added.Israel installed the new security measures earlier this month after Arab gunmen shot and killed two police officers from within the site.The issue sparked some of the worst street clashes in years and threatened to draw Israel into conflict with other Arab and Muslim nations.Palestinian politicians and Muslim clerics say that isn't enough and are demanding Israel restore the situation at the shrine in Jerusalem's Old City to what it was before the July 14 deadly attack.In response to that attack, Israel closed the site for two days for weapons searches and installed the metal detectors. The decision quickly triggered Muslim protests amid rumors that Israel was trying to expand its control at the site under the guise of security -- a claim Israel strongly denied.
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