Jerusalem attack: Temple Mount reopens to Jewish visitors

Jerusalem attack: Temple Mount reopens to Jewish visitors

Jerusalem attack: Temple Mount reopens to Jewish visitors

Israel reopened Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif compound on Sunday, drawing a protest by Muslim religious authorities over the installation of metal detectors at entrances two days after a deadly shooting. Police gave chase and they were shot dead at the compound.

The police said they plan to gradually open additional gates, after installing metal detectors.

Continues the statement: "The people of the United States are heartbroken that terrorists brutally gunned down two Israeli police officers, and we extend our prayers and sympathies to the families of the victims".

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

The Waqf said police have confiscated keys to the site and dozens of officers had been stationed outside the main mosque.

Some female worshippers were moved to tears as they urged others not to pass through the new security measures. Israel says it won't reopen before Sunday.

The Anti-Defamation League praised Abbas for acting "appropriately", but blamed the attack on Palestinian incitement under his watch.

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The two policemen killed were Israeli Arab citizens from the country's Druze community. Jordan's statement further did not mention that three Waqf officials were reportedly detained in an Israeli police raid on Friday under suspicion that they aided the terrorist attack.

Police said a Muslim teenager was arrested after throwing a bottle at police. The suspect opened fire with an automatic weapon, prompting the troops to return fire, killing him. The attackers were also killed.

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

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

After Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967, Israeli authorities have maintained an agreement with the Islamic Endowment that runs the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. It is the holiest site to Jews and the third holiest in Islam.Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 43 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist.

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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