IOF Shuts down Al-Aqsa Mosque for Second Day

IOF Shuts down Al-Aqsa Mosque for Second Day

Israel's domestic security service, Shin Bet, said the three attackers were Israeli citizens from an Arab town in northern Israel called Umm al-Fahm and that they shared the same last name, suggesting they may be related.

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).

Harry Fawcett, a reporter for Al-Jazeera, claimed police said that the gunmen were armed with two machine guns as well as a pistol and a knife.

By Monday morning the Temple Mount had reopened to all visitors following Friday's deadly terror attack.

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.

Israel annexed East Jerusalem, where the Old City and the holy sites are located, following the 1967 Six-Day War and now claims sovereignty over the entire city - a move that is not recognised by the global community.

The three attackers, Arab Israelis aged between 19 and 29, were shot dead by police.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the shrine will be closed Friday for security reasons, The Associated Press reported.

Following the attack, Israeli security forces evacuated and closed the Temple Mount, effectively canceling Friday prayers at the holy site.

Shortly after 7:00 AM, the terrorists went to the tribal gate and fired at the policemen who were at the time, and later the terrorists fled back to the Temple Mount area.

The grand mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the city's highest Islamic authority, condemned the closure of the mosque compound for prayers.

The Temple Mount is under the autonomous administration of the Waqf and only the followers of Islam can pray on the site while representatives of other religious traditions are allowed to visit it freely.

Abbas Zaki, of the central committee of al-Fatah, said Israel was morally responsible for the Jerusalem attack.

"I condemn this attack as a cruel act in a place that is holy to many people".

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