Israel agrees to security cameras at Jerusalem's Aqsa: John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday announced that Israel and Jordan had agreed on new measures for Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, including 24-hour security cameras.

AFP| Last Updated: Oct 24, 2015, 20:29 PM IST

Amman: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday announced that Israel and Jordan had agreed on new measures for Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, including 24-hour security cameras.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to announce details of the measures later the same day, Kerry said after a meeting in Amman with Jordan's King Abdullah II, custodian of the holy site in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

He said the premier had agreed to "an excellent suggestion by King Abdullah to provide 24-hour video coverage of all sites" in the compound, which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

"This will provide comprehensive visibility and transparency and that could really be a game changer in discouraging anybody from disturbing the sanctity of the holy site."

Kerry, who met Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday, also said the Israeli leader had "reaffirmed Israel's commitment" to upholding the status quo at the mosque compound under which Jews are allowed to visit but not pray.

Tensions over the holy site have sparked a recent wave of violence that has seen knife and gun attacks against Israelis, as well as clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.