Israeli police tightened security around Jerusalem's Old City on Friday as Muslims protested against its installation of metal detectors at a flashpoint shrine holy to both Jews and Muslims. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Clashes erupted on Friday (July 21) between Israeli security forces and Muslims protesting against the installation of metal detectors at a Jerusalem flashpoint shrine holy to both Jews and Muslims. The Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service said at least 30 people had been hurt, two seriously, while some suffered from tear gas inhalation. Amid tightened Israeli security, hundreds of worshippers gathered at various entrances to the compound, known to Muslims as Al-Aqsa compound and to Jews as Temple Mount, before Friday prayers, but refused to enter, preferring to pray outside. Access to the shrine for Muslims was limited to men over 50 as well as women of all ages. Roadblocks were in place on approach roads to Jerusalem to stop buses carrying Muslims to the site. Muslim leaders and Palestinian political factions had urged the faithful to gather for a "day of rage" on Friday against the new security policies, which they see as changing delicate agreements that have governed the holy site for decades.