Three fire on Israeli police before being shot dead at holy site

Three fire on Israeli police before being shot dead at holy site

Three Arab Israeli assailants opened fire on Israeli police Friday in Jerusalem's Old City before fleeing to the compound, where they were shot dead by security forces.

"The [PA] president expressed his strong rejection and condemnation of the incident that took place at the holy al-Aksa Mosque", the Wafa report stated, referring to one of the mosques on the Temple Mount.

Police closed the area after two Israeli police officers were killed there and another was wounded, allegedly by three Arab-Israeli men of Palestinian heritage whom security forces killed at the scene of the attack.

Dozens of worshippers gathered to pray at an entrance to the compound next to the Lions' Gate entry to the Old City.

Jordan, the custodian of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, has urged Israel to "immediately reopen" it, while the Arab League called its closure "dangerous".

No Israeli casualties were reported, according to the statement.

Following the morning's attack in Jerusalem, the video clip of the security cameras, which illustrates the first moments of the serious attack this morning, killed the policemen, Major General Eyal Sattawi and the late Kamil Shanan.

Bassam Al Halaq, a senior official of Awqaf, an Islamic authority in charge of Al-Aqsa, told Al-Jazeera that the Israeli police were searching the entire compound, breaking through doors.

Hundreds of Muslim worshippers have visited a Jerusalem holy site after Israel reopened the compound following a rare closure in response to a deadly shooting last week.

Israel says the site won't reopen before Sunday.

A 23-year-old policewoman died last month after she was stabbed near the city's Damascus Gate.

The Muslim religious authority charged with managing the Temple Mount joined with other Islamic groups on Monday to call on Muslims "to reject and boycott all the Israeli aggression measures, including changing the historical status quo including imposing the metal detectors". Israel views all of occupied Jerusalem as its capital, a claim that has not won global recognition. It is the third holiest site for Muslims after the Mosque which houses the Kaaba in Mecca and the Mosque of Prophet Muhammad in Medina.

"The path to peace, for which both Israelis and Palestinians yearn, can not be paved with violence", the USA bishops said.

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