Two Israeli Border Policemen Killed in Temple Mount Shooting Attack


During that period, Israeli forces have killed more than 255 Palestinians, a lot of them said byIsrael to be attackers while others were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

Over the past two years attacks on Israeli police increased.

Israel will reopen the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound on Sunday, a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday, after the holy site had been shut down following a deadly shooting.

The Israeli police and military had been looking for the suspect whom they believed had carried out two shooting attacks on Israelis in the West Bank Saturday.

According to police, the attackers suddenly started to shoot at Lion's gate of the Old city, and then tried to escape on the Temple mount.

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Three suspects, who allegedly opened fire at the officers, were themselves shot dead by police.

It is considered the third holiest site in Islam and the most sacred for Jews.

Following the attack, Israeli security forces evacuated and closed the Temple Mount, effectively canceling Friday prayers at the holy site. That delayed opening the Temple Mount. Palestinians say the attacks stem from anger over decades of Israeli occupation of territories they claim for their future state.

"Malaysia strongly condemn Israel's closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque and denying the rights of the Muslims to perform Friday prayers", he said in his Twitter account on Sunday.

Hours after the early morning shootout, Israeli forces still blocked access to the mosque area because of security concerns.

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The two policemen killed were Israeli Arab citizens from the country's Druze community.

About 600 Muslims had entered the temple from when it opened at 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. - far fewer than the thousands that usually visit the mosque. Netanyahu said in his statement after the attack that the current rules would be maintained.

Spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attack happened Friday near a gate of Jerusalem's Old City and the shooters then fled toward a mosque at the nearby holy site.

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.

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