aspacpalestine.com – Al-Quds. Three Palestinian attackers have opened fire on Israeli police from inside a major Jerusalem holy site, killing two officers before being shot dead, officials said.
The rare attack from within the contested shrine, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, raises new concerns about an escalation of violence.
The compound is at the frontline of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has triggered major confrontations in the past.
A senior Muslim cleric in Jerusalem was detained by police after the attack, according to his son.
Mohammed Hussein, based at the shrine, was taken to an Old City police station, his son Omar said.
Israel has closed the site for further weapons sweeps. The rare closure meant a cancellation of noon prayers, which typically draw tens of thousands of Muslims from Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank to the compound on Fridays.
In 1996, the opening of an Israeli archaeological tunnel alongside the Western Wall also sparked Palestinian protests that escalated into clashes, claiming several dozen lives.