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Friday, 6 October, 2000, 15:45 GMT 16:45 UK
Palestinians die on 'day of rage'
Palestinians protesting in Gaza
Palestinians protest in Gaza on the 'day of rage'
Five more Palestinians have been shot dead in fighting with Israeli troops in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll in a week of violence to at least 74.

The reports said the deaths occurred in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza on what the Palestinians declared to be a "day of rage".

We have been ruling the mosque and its entrances, and we are trying to prevent the Israelis from entering the mosque another time

Palestinian legislator
In Jerusalem, a young Palestinian was killed and several others injured as violence erupted immediately after the Friday prayers near Lion's Gate, one of the entries to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

The Islamic authorities in charge of the mosque have been trying to contain the violence which has continued despite a ceasefire accord reached between Israeli and Palestinian security officials on Thursday.

Palestinian flag

Muslim worshippers raised a Palestinian flag on the mosque in direct challenge to Israeli sovereignty claims over the compound.

Jerusalem old city map
"We have been ruling the mosque and its entrances, and we are trying to prevent the Israelis from entering the mosque another time," said Hatem Abel Kader, a Palestinian legislator.

Israel politicians including allies of Prime Minister Ehud Barak expressed outrage and criticised the Israeli police for keeping away from the violnece.

"What were the people of the Palestinian Authority doing on the Temple Mount"? said Dan Meridor, a senior Israeli legislator.

"This is what the political (with the Palestinians) is all about.

Police post attacked

The Israeli police and armed forces had been put on full alert for a possible confrontation after the Muslim militant group Hamas called for a "day of rage" on Friday.

Eyewitnesses said that once again, immediately after the prayers finished, hundreds of Palestinians began hurling stones down at the Western or Wailing Wall.

Mourning for 26-year-old Mohammed Esbete, shot dead on Thursday, before his funeral
The mourning and the funerals go on
The security forces quickly evacuated the handful of Jewish worshippers at the Wall and Muslim prayer leaders appealed for calm.

"Please don't provoke them and make them come back again. You are in a holy place, you are in Al-Aqsa," said a message broadcast over loudspeakers.

The Israeli army had sealed off the West Bank and Gaza Strip early on Friday, preventing Palestinians from entering Israel.

The army said the closure would remain in force until Monday evening, the end of Yom Kippur - the holiest day of the Jewish year.

Arab summit set

Reflecting Arab anger over the recent violence, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced that leaders from the Arab world would meet on 21 and 22 October in Cairo to discuss the situation in the Palestinian territories.

Ehud Barak: Call for international pressure
The week of unrest was sparked off by a visit on 28 September by Israel's right-wing opposition leader, Ariel Sharon, to the disputed area of Jerusalem which includes Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest Islamic site.

It is known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary or Haram al-Sharif, and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Arab and Muslim governments reacted furiously to what was seen as provocation by Mr Sharon and an attempt to assert Israeli sovereignty over the area, which Israel annexed in 1967, in defiance of international law.

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