March 23, 2018

Two Israeli police shot in Jerusalem attack die

16 July 2017, 02:43 | Taylor George

Two Israeli police shot in Jerusalem attack die

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It was the first time since 1969 that Friday prayers were not held at the holy mosque.

Mr Alsheikh said such an attack is "without precedent" at the holy site and an "incident of the highest severity".

They arrived at the sacred hilltop compound, known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, and walked toward one of the Old City gates nearby, according to police spokesperson Luba Simri.

"The Old City is always off limits on Fridays through 3 p.m. because tensions are always higher and the potential for violence greater", the alert said.

Palestinians have long feared an attempt by Israel to change the status of the mosque, which is now closed off to non-muslim practices.

Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Momani said Israel must not take any steps that "would change the historic situation in Jerusalem" and at the shrine.

Israel's emergency medical service Magen David Adom (MDA) said they were called to the scene and provided treatment to two who were in critical condition.

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Police announced they had evacuated and closed the compound, and helicopters circled above after the attack.

The attackers were Arabs from northern Israel. He says the older relative, a 29-year-old, was unemployed and had health problems.

Banning prayer in the mosque on a Friday, the Muslim holy day, was unprecedented since the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem and the West Bank in June 1967, according to reports.

Video obtained by CNN showed part of the lethal confrontation in the plaza area of the Noble Sanctuary or Temple Mount. "Whatever happened shouldn't be used as an excuse to prevent people from access to and worshipping in their holy site". When approached by police, he got up and was killed.

Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, and has claimed many attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem and other Israeli cities. Worshippers dispersed after the prayers without incident.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone on Friday and condemned the deadly shooting near Jerusalem's holiest site, official Palestinian news agency WAFA said.

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