Friday, 14 July 2017

Israeli police killed in attack near Jerusalem holy site



Two Israeli policemen have been killed and a third wounded in a shooting attack near a sacred site in Jerusalem.

 
They were shot by three Israeli Arabs close to the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary).


Police chased the attackers into the site and shot them dead.


There has been a wave of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings of Israelis predominantly by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs since late 2015.


Two of the previous attackers were Jordanians.


Sgt Maj Hail Sattawi (left) and Sgt Maj Kamil Shanan


Police say the three men who carried out Friday's attack were aged between 19 and 29 and came from the northern Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm. Israel's Shin Bet security agency said that they were not previously known to the security services.


Police say the gunmen opened fire as they made their way from the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif towards Lions' Gate, an opening in the Old City walls about 100ft (30 metres) away.


The attackers were then pursued back to the compound, where they were killed.




BBC       News.