Clashes have erupted between Palestinians protesters and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem's Old City after thousands of Muslim worshippers gathered around a contested holy site for evening prayers.
A Palestinian advocacy group said police had also detained 10 prominent Palestinian activists in Jerusalem on Friday morning, including the leader of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement in the city.
Three Israeli Arab gunmen killed the officers near the holy site known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount.
On Sunday metal detectors were placed at the site by Israeli forces as a security precaution, prompting violent daily Palestinian-Israeli confrontations over what was perceived as an intrusion on a sacred site.
Hundreds of Palestinians held prayers at the nearest point towards Jerusalem, protesting the new Israeli measures and metal detectors enforced at the gates of Al-Aqsa mosque.
Despite worldwide pressure to remove the metal detectors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet decided in Friday's early hours to keep them in place, saying they were needed to prevent arms being smuggled into the shrine.
Speculation had been mounting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might order the metal detectors removed before this week's prayers.
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Forty Israelis, two US tourists and a British student have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car-rammings. Fatah Central Committee Member Jamal Muhaisen said that protest is necessary until the metal detectors are removed.
Israeli forces have since increased security around the site, sparking further protests.
Former police chiefs, quoted in the media reports, have warned that efforts to ensure such a large gathering passes through the metals detectors would trigger major unrest. "The occupation preventing us from praying marks an assault against our right to worship in this pure Islamic mosque". "At the same time, we must acknowledge that last week's terror attack crossed a red line by trying to harm the sensitive situation on Temple Mount".
Jordan has repeatedly appealed to Israel to remove the metal detectors and thousands of Jordanians protested in Amman on Friday.
After the attack, the White House called for calm.
The clashes came as Palestinians have been prepared for fresh demonstrations on Friday over new security measures at the holy site in occupied East al-Quds, a week after a deadly shoot-out at the compound that triggered tensions.
Israel captured East Jerusalem, along with the West Bank, in the 1967 Middle East war.
Tensions have soared since two Israeli policemen were killed last Friday.