Israeli police officers scuffle with Palestinians as they police try to detain them in the West Bank city of Hebron July 26, 2017. REUTERS/Wisam Hashlamoun
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A tense standoff was underway between Israel and Muslim worshippers at Jerusalem's holy site Wednesday despite the removal of metal detectors, with concerns of major unrest this week if no resolution is found.Protests and deadly unrest have erupted in the days since, leaving five Palestinians and three Israelis dead.Israeli police, meanwhile, acknowledged Wednesday that their forces had been preventing journalists from entering parts of Jerusalem's Old City where there have been "disturbances and riots" as part of efforts to lower tensions. Separately, authorities were also keeping a close eye on the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, where Israeli settlers continued to occupy a Palestinian building for a second day in a row, boosting tensions.Israeli flags were raised atop the building near a shrine known as the Ibrahimi Mosque.
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