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Jerusalem On Edge After Police Officers Murdered at Temple Mount

17 July 2017

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

"Anyone who thinks that there is anything to be achieved through terror at a holy place of worship is bitterly deluded", Barkat said.

Hussein's son Jihad Hussein told AFP his father had been taken to a police station near the Old City.

With the end of 2015 in Israel recorded a spate of attacks on Israelis by Palestinians and Israeli Arabs.

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Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh MK, an Israeli Communist Party member, said: "The struggle of Arab citizens is a political struggle and is by no means an armed struggle".

"We will need to re-evaluate all of the security arrangements on the Temple Mount and its environs".

The World Council of Churches has condemned an attack in Jerusalem, during which two Israeli police officers were killed, three attackers were shot and killed, and other people were injured. "I sent them a hug from every citizen of Israel and participation in their very bad grief", Netanyahu said. "A chase ensued and the three terrorists were killed by police". Palestinian officials reject the accusation and say the violence steps from anger over Israeli occupation of land sought by Palestinians for an independent state.

This led Israeli security forces to close Jerusalem's holiest site for Jews and Muslims, sparking outrage as Muslims meant to worship there on their holy day, Friday.

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Friday's shooting "shouldn't be an excuse for making changes", Husseini said as cited by AP.

"When they saw the policemen they shot towards them and then escaped towards one of the mosques in the Temple Mount compound", Simri said.

According to a statement by the Israeli police, the Palestinians opened fire at the Israeli officers injuring three policemen at the Old City of Jerusalem's Lion's Gate (Bab Al-Asbat).

A statement from Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, promised that existing agreements regarding the governorship of the site "will be preserved".

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Forty Israelis, two USA tourists and a British student have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car-rammings.

Jerusalem On Edge After Police Officers Murdered at Temple Mount