Israeli police killed at Temple Mount

Todd Singleton
July 17, 2017

Israeli authorities are still working to identify the attackers, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

"May Allah have mercy on our young people, members of the Jabarin family, whose family members deserve to receive glory and honor".

Over 300 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli force since October that year, when the clashes intensified.

Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the former grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestinian territories, said on Saturday that the closure was a "collective punishment" that affected thousands of worshippers, adds Al-Jazeera.

On Friday at noon, the Israeli forces ordered the closure of the areas surrounding Al-Aqasa Mosque after three Palestinian gunmen opened fire and shot dead two Israeli policemen.

After Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967, Israeli authorities have maintained an agreement with the Islamic Endowment that runs the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The Waqf officials were not required to pass through the detectors.

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The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement Saturday night that the Temple Mount would be gradually opened to visitors beginning at noon Sunday, and that the entrances would be equipped with metal detectors and security cameras.

The Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Adnan Husseini called for the security arrangements to return to how they were before the deadly attack, saying it "shouldn't be an excuse for making changes".

Israel's domestic security service, Shin Bet, said the three attackers were Israeli citizens from an Arab town in northern Israel called Umm al-Fahm and that they shared the same last name, suggesting they may be related.

Omar Kiswani, director of al-Aqsa Mosque, told reporters outside the site that "the closure, the occupation, and the prevention of the call for prayers are all unfair and unjust and constitute a violation of the United Nations resolutions and the worldwide agreements". Jews are allowed to visit, but not pray there to avoid provoking tensions. It is considered the third holiest site in Islam and the most sacred for Jews.

Two officers killed in Friday's attack were neamed as Haiel Sitawe, 30 and Sergeant Master Kamil Shnaan, 22, both of whom were from Druze villages in northern Israel.

The site has been a flashpoint for violence in the past, with friction there sparking major rounds of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

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