Israel Seals off Al Aqsa Mosque Following Attack on Police

Wailing Wall. Photo Source: Wikipedia
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Two Israeli policemen have been killed in an attack that left one other cop wounded. This shootout occurred near the compound known to the Jews as the Temple Mount and to the Muslims as Haram-al-Sharif.

Police sealed off the Muslims’ holy mosque Al Aqsa on Friday in response to the attack which came to be the first of its kind in decades. Friday being the weekly prayer day of Muslims drew thousands of worshipers to Al Aqsa who had to attend their prayers outside the Lions Gate (Bab Al-Asbat)

The attack on Israeli police and the subsequent actions Israeli police taken by shutting Al Aqsa down on Muslim Friday have left the disputes scorching.

The suspected three shooters, who were Israeli Arab citizens, were chased down and shot dead by the Israeli security forces.

The police chased them to the compound of the mosque and shot. The mobile footage of the incident shows that at least one of the attackers fought back with the police.

Netanyahu said it was “a sad day in which our Druze brothers pay the heaviest price in our joint mission to protect the security of our country. I salute them and their heroism”.

Advanced Staff Sergeant Major Kamil Shanan, aged 22, and Advanced Staff Sergeant Major Hail Sattawi, aged 30 were named as the police officers who were killed.

Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the grand mufti of Jerusalem decried the closure of Al Aqsa. He urged the worshipers to defy the closure and assemble in the mosque for noon prayers. As a result he was briefly detained and taken into custody.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was “a sad day in which our Druze brothers pay the heaviest price in our joint mission to protect the security of our country. I salute them and their heroism”. His Palestinian counterpart, Mr. Abbas also condemned the attack.

The attack on Israeli police and the subsequent actions Israeli police taken by shutting Al Aqsa down on Muslim Friday have left the disputes broiling.

Israel accuses Palestinians leadership of fueling the attacks whilst the Palestinian leadership accuses Israel of illegal occupation for decades.

 

 


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