Israel to remove metal detectors from holy site

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Israel plans to remove metal detectors set up at the entrance of a site in Jerusalem considered holy to Muslims and Jews, National Public Radio and other news organizations are reporting.
Known by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and known to Jews as Temple Mount, the site has been the scene of protests over metal detectors installed at the entrance, the news organization reported.
The metal detectors were installed last week, a few days after Israeli Arabs fired shots and killed two Israeli police officers at the site, according to NPR.
The metal detectors will be replaced with a less obtrusive surveillance system, Reuters reported.
The Israeli cabinet voted early Tuesday to replace the metal detectors after a meeting lasting several hours, according to Reuters and the BBC.
The 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," according to a statement the BBC quoted from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The cabinet did not elaborate on when the metal detectors would be removed.
Israeli media earlier reported high resolution cameras capable of detecting hidden objects would be the alternative.
It said Israel would boost forces in the area until the plan is implemented.
Earlier Associated Press footage showed heavy machinery and workers heading to the entrance of the site.
The move to install the detectors incensed the Muslim world and triggered violence.
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