Team of Terrorists Attack in Jerusalem's Old City, 2 Israelis Murdered

Team of Terrorists Attack in Jerusalem's Old City, 2 Israelis Murdered

Team of Terrorists Attack in Jerusalem's Old City, 2 Israelis Murdered

Three Israeli Arab gunmen opened fire near a religious site in Jerusalem's Old City that's revered by Muslims, Jews, and Christians Friday, killing two police officers before being shot and killed by Israeli forces.

Reports say Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phoneon Friday moments after the incident as he condemned the shooting.

The terrorists reportedly came from the Temple Mount and were walking toward the Lions Gate exit when they started to attack Israeli officers near the gate before attempting to flee back onto the Mount.

"We send our deepest condolences to the families of those killed, as well as to the entire Israeli National Police force community, and hope for the quick recovery of those injured".

She said three firearms were found on their bodies. "We stand with you in prayer and in sadness", said Phiri, "and we continue to work very hard and pray very hard for a just peace in Palestine and Israel".

Five policemen were wounded during the clash, with two of them confirmed dead in a Jerusalem hospital hours later.

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

Hussein wanted to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque, but police refused to allow him access, according to the Waqf, the authority that administers the Noble Sanctuary, also known as the Temple Mount.

The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said in a statement on social media that he is "shocked and horrified by the despicable attack". Reuters video footage showed the mufti being escorted away by a man in plain clothes through a crowd of Palestinians gathered near the compound gate. The militant Islamist group Hamas, which runs Gaza, praised the attack but did not claim responsibility.

A wave of Palestinian street attacks that began in 2015 has slowed but not stopped.

The Anti-Defamation League praised Abbas for acting "appropriately", but blamed the attack on Palestinian incitement under his watch. While more brazen and deadly, this follows the pattern of the attacks over the past several years: directed at Israelis in uniform (or sometimes, in religious dress although this morning's attack was only on the police).

The fatal shooting of two Israeli police officers at the holy compound prompted Israel to implement an exceedingly rare blanket closure of the site to visitors and worshippers and the cancellation of Friday prayers for the first time in decades.

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