Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

PFLP: Jerusalem Attack Achievement of Palestinian Resistance

PFLP: Jerusalem Attack Achievement of Palestinian Resistance

He says the older relative, a 29-year-old, was unemployed and had health problems.

The attack took place near the al-Aqsa mosque compound, also known as the Temple Mount or Haram al-Sharif, in Jerusalem's Old City.

"It is the first time we come here without being escorted by the Waqf (the Muslim authority that administrates the site)". Prior to Sunday only the entrance for tourists and Jewish visitors employed a metal detector.

Israel annexed East Jerusalem, where the Old City and the holy sites are located, following the 1967 Six-Day War and now claims sovereignty over the entire city - a move that is not recognised by the worldwide community. Worshippers dispersed after the prayers without incident.

Police said Sunday that so far two gates leading to the holy site had been opened, equipped with metal detectors.

According to his son Jihad Hussein, he was later detained by Israeli police who declined to comment.

Some reports in the Israeli media also suggested the attackers were Israeli citizens of Palestinian origin. Police tracked three alleged Palestinian perpetrators to the mosque compound where they subsequently shot and killed them.

"The people of the United States are heartbroken that terrorists brutally gunned down two Israeli police officers", said Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Israel blames the violence on incitement by the Palestinian leadership.

The world reaction was mixed after three armed Palestinians murdered two Druze Israeli policemen on the Temple Mount on Friday, with some countries and leaders decrying the violence while others chose to condemn Israel for closing the compound as a security measure. A statement from Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, promised that existing agreements regarding the governorship of the site "will be preserved".

"This is why we refuse this or this will become the status quo".

A police statement said the site was opened early in the morning "without special incident".

Israeli forces have reopened the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds two days after they closed it following a deadly shooting in the area, but Muslims refused to enter in protest to newly imposed security measures, including metal detectors and cameras.

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