Two Druze policemen killed in Temple Mount terror attack

Jay Anderson
July 16, 2017

It was the first closure of the compound in three years and the first time since 2000 that police cancelled Friday prayers, which are usually attended by thousands of Palestinians. "All must take a stand against terror & condemn it".

In a statement on Saturday, the Brotherhood said that the bloodshed was forbidden.

"The sanctity of religious sites should be respected as places for reflection, not violence", Guterres said.

"We reject the current Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa mosque and call for their immediate withdrawal", Sabri said.

Three Palestinians opened fire on Israeli police forces in Beit ul-Muqaddas on Friday, killing two before fleeing to an ultra-sensitive holy site where they were also shot dead in one of the most serious incidents in the city in recent years.

The senior Muslim cleric in Jerusalem was detained by police after the attack, according to his son. The closure came after a deadly shooting during which three Palestinians and two Israeli police were killed near the mosque. Israeli forces have killed more than 254 Palestinians in that time, with authorities describing most of the dead as attackers.

Israeli security forces later detained the grand Mufti as crowds gathered in the Old City following the attack.

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The American ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, took to Twitter, saying: "Shocked and horrified by the despicable attack".

"Terrorism must be renounced and unconditionally condemned by all", he wrote.

There has been mounting pressure on Israel to re-allow Muslim worshipers in, something Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly agreed to do from Sunday. It is the oldest continually used Jewish cemetery in the world.

Al-Aqsa, with its silver-colored dome and vast hall, is located on Temple Mount. Israel, he asserted, was to blame for the rise in violence.

The Israeli authorities shut the area to Muslims gathering for Friday prayers afterwards, drawing a call for resistance from Palestinian religious leaders. Right-wing members of parliament are calling for stepped up measures in light of the incident and that has Palestinians concerned that any such move could signal an eventual shift in the status quo at Al-Aqsa.

In two tweets on Friday afternoon, U.S. peace envoy Jason Greenblatt, who has been meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials here this week, welcomed Abbas' call to Netanyahu as "important" and condemned praise for the attack by Palestinian militant groups.

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