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Thousands Worship at Jerusalem Shrine Amid Clashes in West Bank

  • Ban on services was lifted as Israel removed security devices
  • Netanyahu rivals accuse him of giving in to overseas pressure
Israeli security forces stand guard as Palestinian Muslims perform Friday Prayer at Valley of the Walnuts area in Jerusalem on July 28, 2017.

Israeli security forces stand guard as Palestinian Muslims perform Friday Prayer at Valley of the Walnuts area in Jerusalem on July 28, 2017.

Photographer: Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Thousands of Muslim worshipers attended Friday prayers at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque a day after Palestinian government and religious leaders called off their ban on services there, further easing a confrontation with Israel over sovereignty.

Men under 50 remained barred from praying at the shrine -- where Israel controls security -- and some chanted and shouted at checkpoints near the Old City in Jerusalem. In the West Bank, there were reports of minor clashes, and at least one Palestinian attempted to stab soldiers near the Gush Etzion junction before he was shot dead, the Israeli army said.