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Jerusalem shooting: Attack near Old City leaves three dead, police says

16 July 2017

"A chase ensued and the three terrorists were killed by police".

Police officials said officers shot two assailants dead at the site.

. "Israel's response of closing access entirely to Muslims in an attempt to deter further attacks actually exacerbates the crisis".

Netanyahu's office confirmed the phone call in a statement that said Abbas had condemned the attack.

Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad Moumani criticized the unprecedented closure of the mosque and demanded that Israel reopen it.

Photo Inspecting a body on Friday near what Jews call the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The Shin Bet Israeli internal security service said the three gunmen were Arab citizens of Israel.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound, holy to both Muslims and Jews, is one of the most sensitive sites in the region.

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The compound has been closed by police today (July 14) and no prayers are to take place there.

"It is time for the Arab leadership in Israel, and even outside it, to express a clear position against this criminal attack".

The Temple Mount is among the holiest and the most contentious places in the country.

The compound is the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam.

A Friday morning exchange of fire in and around Jerusalem's Haram Al-Sharif has escalated tensions in the Old City. Worshippers dispersed after the prayers without incident.

Hussein's son Jihad Hussein told AFP his father had been taken to a police station near the Old City. Three terrorists in total were killed by police.

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One post from the summer of 2016 shows a picture of the leader of the banned Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, Raed Salah, next to the Temple Mount.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the attackers were armed with automatic weapons, CNN reported.

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

The Palestinian worshipers then held Friday prayers in streets near the mosque.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly tried to allay Muslim fears, saying the status quo at the Muslim-administered site "will be preserved". As NPR's Daniel Estrin reports, "This was a very rare shooting at the religious site that's at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".

Police say the Arab gunmen fired on their victims from the Lions' Gate.

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