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Jordan halts plan to install cameras at Jerusalem holy site

  • FILE -- In this July 14, 2015 file photo, Israeli activists hold signs during a demonstration calling for greater Jewish access to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Jordan's prime minister on Monday, April 18, 2016 said his government has decided to call off a plan to install surveillance cameras at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, derailing a U.S.-brokered pact to ease tensions at the volatile hilltop compound revered by Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount, and Muslims, who call it the Noble Sanctuary. It has been a frequent scene of violence in the past. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

    FILE -- In this July 14, 2015 file photo, Israeli activists hold signs during a demonstration calling for greater Jewish access to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Jordan's prime minister on Monday, April 18, 2016 said his government has decided to call off a plan to install surveillance cameras at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, derailing a U.S.-brokered pact to ease tensions at the volatile hilltop compound revered by Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount, and Muslims, who call it the Noble Sanctuary. It has been a frequent scene of violence in the past. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2012 file photo, Israeli forces take position during clashes with Palestinian worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City. Jordan's prime minister on Monday, April 18, 2016 said his government has decided to call off a plan to install surveillance cameras at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, derailing a U.S.-brokered pact to ease tensions at the volatile hilltop compound revered by Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount, and Muslims, who call it the Noble Sanctuary. It has been a frequent scene of violence in the past. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2012 file photo, Israeli forces take position during clashes with Palestinian worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City. Jordan's prime minister on Monday, April 18, 2016 said his government has decided to call off a plan to install surveillance cameras at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, derailing a U.S.-brokered pact to ease tensions at the volatile hilltop compound revered by Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount, and Muslims, who call it the Noble Sanctuary. It has been a frequent scene of violence in the past. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 10, 2015 file photo, Palestinian men pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem. Jordan's prime minister on Monday, April 18, 2016 said his government has decided to call off a plan to install surveillance cameras at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, derailing a U.S.-brokered pact to ease tensions at the volatile hilltop compound revered by Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount, and Muslims, who call it the Noble Sanctuary. It has been a frequent scene of violence in the past. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

    FILE - In this July 10, 2015 file photo, Palestinian men pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem. Jordan's prime minister on Monday, April 18, 2016 said his government has decided to call off a plan to install surveillance cameras at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, derailing a U.S.-brokered pact to ease tensions at the volatile hilltop compound revered by Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount, and Muslims, who call it the Noble Sanctuary. It has been a frequent scene of violence in the past. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)  (The Associated Press)

Jordan's prime minister says his government has decided to call off a plan to install surveillance cameras at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

Abdullah Enour told the state-run Petra News Agency on Monday that Jordan had taken the step due to Palestinian concerns.

Jordan offered to install the cameras last fall to help calm tensions after clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters at a contested holy site that is revered by Muslims and Jews.

But the plan immediately ran into trouble amid Palestinian concerns that Israel would use the cameras to spy on young activists. The Palestinians also objected to Israeli demands to place cameras inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Enour said Jordan respected the Palestinian objections, and "therefore we have decided to stop implementing it."