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Several reportedly shot in Jerusalem's holiest site

14 Juillet 2017

He spoke after three Arab citizens of Israel opened fire on police near one of the holiest sites in Jerusalem.

A pistol, two Carl Gustav sub-machine guns, and several knives were found on the bodies of the terrorists.

The sacred site is revered by both Muslims and Jews, known respectively as the Noble Sanctuary and the Temple Mount.

Sitawe, who hailed from the Druze town of Maghar, joined the Israel Police in 2012 and has since served in a unit guarding the Temple Mount.

After the shooting, the police closed the entire compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and initiated extensive searches in the area "to ensure no weapons are in it". Worshippers dispersed after the prayers without incident.

"The construction in Jerusalem is necessary and important", said the city's Israeli-appointed Mayor Nir Barkat, adding that the work "will strongly continue" to get as many Israeli youths as possible to live in "the capital".

Meanwhile, the Hamas Spokesman Hazem Qassem said that the Al-Aqsa mosque operation proved that the young Palestinians are tend to sacrifice their life to protect the holy mosque against occupiers' insults. Abbas' office confirmed to CNN that the phone conversation took place.

Master Sgt. Kamil Shnaan, left, and Master Sgt. Haiel Sitawe, right, the police officers killed in the terror attack next to the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem on July 14, 2017.

The police pursued and killed them. "May their memories be rooted in our hearts forever", he said.

The gunmen had opened fire on the patrol near the Lion's Gate area of the Old City before fleeing to the holy site.

In January, a man plowed his truck into a crowd of soldiers, killing four and injuring 10. And Ze'ev Elkin, the cabinet minister responsible for issues connected with Jerusalem, told the radio station the attack was possible because of Israel's desire to allow freedom of worship to Muslims and others at the site.

Several reportedly shot in Jerusalem's holiest site