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Jordan king in rare West Bank trip seen as message to Israel

AP  |  Ramallah 

Jordan's king has flown by helicopter to the West Bank, a rare visit seen as a signal to that he is closing ranks with the Palestinians on key issues, such as a contested shrine.

Abdullah II was meeting today with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The monarch's visit comes amid growing Jordanian-Israeli tensions over the shrine, the third holiest site of Islam and the most sacred one in Judaism.

The crisis erupted when installed metal detectors at the site last month, after Arab gunmen killed two Israeli policemen there.

The security measures triggered Muslim protests, and eventually removed the devices.

Abdullah's role as Muslim custodian of the shrine is a key component of his legitimacy.

Abbas suspended security ties with over the crisis.

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First Published: Mon, August 07 2017. 18:42 IST