Three attackers shoot at police in Jerusalem before being killed
Three assailants opened fire on Israeli police in the old city of Jerusalem on Saturday before fleeing to a healthy and very sensitive place and killed by security forces, police said.
Three people were injured in the attack, two of them seriously, police said. The incident was the most serious in recent years in Jerusalem and could increase tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. No details were given on the identity of the attackers.
The three were killed at the site known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and by the Jews as the Temple Mount, the site of regular clashes between the Palestinians and the Israeli police, but there are rarely any shots fired there. The site includes the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
A series of attacks took place in the old city of Jerusalem in recent months, but often attended knives. Police blocked the area and the Al-Aqsa complex at the holy site was closed by Friday prayers. Doors leading to the site were sealed.
The shared video on social networks showed shots in the holy place. “I was standing here and I heard the shot. I thought they were fireworks,” Basem Badawi, a 60-water vendor in the old town, told AFP.
“But then I saw the police come from anywhere.” The al-Sharif / Mount of the Haram Temple is considered the most famous site of Islam and the most sacred of Judaism.
It is critical to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Palestinians fear that Israel may seek a day to exercise additional control over it. It is located in East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967 and later annexed in a movement not recognized by the international community.
Jews are allowed to visit, but not pray to avoid causing tensions. The site is run by the Islamic Waqf organization. Waqf officials said their guards at the site were detained by Israeli police after the attack.
A wave of unrest that erupted in October 2015 has killed at least 277 Palestinians, 42 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, one from Eritrea, Sudan and one Briton, according to an AFP number. Israeli authorities say most of the dead Palestinians have attacks on knives, pistols or bombs.