Israel has installed new security cameras at the entrance to a contested Jerusalem holy site, as officials began indicating it was considering “alternatives” to the metal detectors at the shrine that set off a weekend of violence and raised tensions in the region.

Speaking from occupied East Jerusalem, Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan said Palestinians had feared that Israel would place CCTV cameras at the entrances to the al-Aqsa compound.

“The Palestinians are very angry about this because they consider this an additional security measure,” he said. “They’ve always maintained that the metal detectors may be the first move in the Israelis taking over the compound.”

Israel introduced the new security measures last week after Palestinian gunmen opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen. It said they were a necessary measure to prevent more attacks and were deployed routinely at holy sites around the world.

But Palestinians alleged Israel was trying to expand its control at the Muslim-administered site and have launched mass prayer protests.

Hussein Da’na, a 76-year-old Palestinian, told Al Jazeera that he “rejects” the cameras because they disadvantage Palestinians further.

“These cameras are made to identify the faces of people who are barred from entering al-Aqsa Mosque,” Da’na said.

“We pray each morning here and the police assaults us. I intend to keep praying here until Israel removes all what is new,” he added, referring to the security measures.

The cameras were installed just outside Lions’ Gate. Israeli police barred journalists from going through the gate.