Israeli government to remove metal detectors from Haram al-Sharif
July 25, Jerusalem: The Israeli government will be the removing metal detectors from a holy site in Jerusalem and will use less obtrusive surveillance instead.
According to reports the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet voted for the move after tensions rose after two Israeli policemen were killed on 14 July at the site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as Haram al-Sharif.
A statement from Mr Netanyahu's office said the security cabinet accepted "the recommendation of all the security bodies to change the inspection with metal detectors to a security inspection based on advanced technologies and other means".
Some 100m shekels ($28m) has been allocated to pay for new equipment and extra police officers, the statement said.
The Israeli authorities had said the metal detectors were needed because the gunmen smuggled weapons into the site.
But the decision provoked protests.
The Oslo Times International News Network