Friday, 21 July, 2017

Jerusalem: Two Israelis killed as terrorists open fire at Lions Gate

Kenny Thornton | 16 July, 2017, 02:42

Two police officers were shot and killed Friday as they patrolled the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem, Israeli authorities said.

"I didn't really understand what was going on for a second, and then I realized that the terrorist that was apparently dead wasn't and he got up and tried attacking the police officers and they shot and killed him on scene", said the man.

Police recovered two locally made automatic rifles, a pistol and a knife, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

Following the shooting, Israeli forces blockaded the mosque compound, not allowing worshippers into the area.

Ismael Habash, the chief Islamic judge in the Palestinian government and a close confidante of President Mahmoud Abbas, said Israel's barring of prayers at Islam's third-holiest site is pushing the entire region into a religious war.

The Israeli authorities are still trying to work out the identities of the attackers. It opposes Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and says it is fighting a struggle of liberation for a return to "historic Palestine", what it says was Palestinian land before the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. They largely identify with the Palestinian cause.

The gunmen arrived at the sacred site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, and walked towards one of the Old City gates nearby, police spokeswoman Luba Simri said.

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Momani stressed on Jordan's rejection of any violations against the rights of the Muslims to exercise their worship and called for the immediate opening of al-Aqsa Mosque. The biggest Muslim-Sunni institute called upon the worldwide community to be responsible towards the Palestinian people, as well as to stop abusing "international standards" when it comes to dealing with the occupation.

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called it an "extremely severe event which crossed all red lines".

"There isn't a force on earth that would prevent them from getting to al-Aqsa and holding Friday prayers", he said.

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein (center) on November 14, 2014. Kamil Shnaan, 22, was the son of a former Israeli parliamentarian.

Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesman for the Islamic terror organization, issued a statement saying, "The attack in Jerusalem is a natural response to Israeli terrorism and the desecration of Al-Aqsa mosque, and it confirms the commitment to the intifada and the unity of our people".

Mr Abbas condemned the attack and said he rejects "any violence from any party, particularly at holy sites".

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