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Flyers have prompted Jordan to announce that the cameras will not be used to document Muslim worshipers

Notices have appeared around the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem threatening to destroy security cameras installed at the flashpoint holy site, Israel's Channel 10 reports.

The flyers, written in Arabic, have prompted Jordan to announce that the cameras will not be used to document Muslim worshipers, said Channel 10.

It was not immediately clear who posted the flyers. Some Israeli media claimed that the notices were posted by Palestinians, while Arabic language media denied the claims.

The site, considered holy to both Muslims and Jews, is known to Muslims as the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Jordan retains custodial rights, administered by the Waqf, but Israel controls access.

AFP

Palestinian belief that Israel intends to change the status quo at the site where Jews are allowed to visit but not pray, has been behind much of the recent tension in the city.

This tension led to discussions between the US, Israel and Jordan in October over how to scale down the level of conflict over the site as well as how to restore mutual trust, which led to the suggestion of the CCTV cameras.

The goal is to live-stream the footage from the compound.

Negotiations over the cameras stumbled due to disagreements over three practical issues: Where the footage will be beamed to — whether it be Jordan, Israel or an open-access website; how much control Israel will have over the broadcast, with Jordan and the Palestinians refusing to allow the Israelis the capability to interrupt transmissions; and where the cameras will be located. Israel wants them inside the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock in order to prove that both are used to house weapons and stones that Palestinians use against Israeli security forces. Jordan and the Palestinians are opposed to this.

Last month Jordanian government spokesperson Mohammed Momani said that Amman will install cameras on the Temple Mount "within days."

Senior officials had been concerned that a failure to install the cameras ahead of Passover, which will commence at the end of April, could spark clashes at what is traditionally a time of heightened tensions and an increased number of Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount.

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