Israel will 'inevitably lose' if security coordination halted, PA chief says

Palestinian Authority freezing contacts with Israel over Jerusalem holy site dispute, says Abbas

Growing tensions around Israel's actions at the al-Aqsa Mosque led to massive protests and violent crackdowns in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

"Such intrusive and dehumanising practices", she said in a statement, "aim to provide Israel with carte blanche to exercise security control over the holy sites of Jerusalem".

It was not immediately clear if this means long-standing security coordination between Israeli troops and Abbas' forces will be halted.

Access to the shrine for Muslims was limited to men over 50 but open to women of all ages.

Since then, daily clashes erupted between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters at the site's gates.

Egypt, which now holds the Arab seat in the United Nations security council, urged Israel to stop violence against Palestinians in Al-Aqsa mosque.

Israel tightened its grip on the compound on July 14 after two Israeli security officers were killed in an alleged attack by three Palestinians, who were themselves killed by Israeli police following the violence.

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The hilltop compound, which includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, announced he was suspending contact with Israel on "all levels", dealing a blow to recent USA attempts to renew the long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

In a video shot by RT Arabic, crowds of worshippers can be seen trying to flee, as clouds of smoke fill the air and Israeli police move in.

In protest, thousands of worshipers gathered for Friday prayers at various entrances to the sacred compound.

Israeli soldiers and Israeli settlers have killed a number of Palestinians, injured and arrested hundreds in East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the installation of metal detectors.

A top adviser to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said they were holding a series of consultations with various countries to try to ease the situation.

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