ayers turning into violence in Jerusalem on Friday. Muslim protestors, angered by the recent installation of metal detectors at the Al Axa mosque. Clashing with police in the surrounding streets. And amid the tensions, at least three Palestinians reportedly killed. Al Axa is the third holiest site in Islam known as noble sanctuary to muslims and temple mount to Jews.
>> Al Axa is ours and we are for it whatever happens to Al Axa will happen to us. We and all of Palestine, the youth of Palestine belong to Al Axa. Whatever Al Axa would need from us we will do it. Metal detectors were installed here after the killing of two Israeli policemen near the site a week ago.
Muslim religious authorities saw the movers in a front to the delicate status quo that has governed the sacred venue for decades. Despite international pressure to remove the detectors. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Security Cabinet decided early on Friday to keep them in place. In response police upped security.
>> Thousands of police officers are located in and around the area. In order to allow thousands of people Muslims to come on the Temple Mount and pray. Men from the age of 50 upwards will be allowed on the Temple Mount, will go through security. And woman of all ages will be allowed on the Temple Mount.
>> Religious leaders and Palestinian political factions had urged Muslims to gather for a day of rage. Thousands arrived at the entrances to Al Axa but refused to enter, preferring instead to pray outside. Clashes then erupting between protesters and Israeli security forces, the Muslims throwing stones.
e Palestinian health minister reported three deaths in mid detentions. At least two from gun shot wounds. The deaths were away from the epicenter of the clashes. And it was not immediately clear, who had fired the shots.