Jerusalem's grand mufti detained after deadly Temple Mount shooting

Medics treat victims of a shooting attack on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City

Two police officers were shot and killed Friday as they patrolled the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem, Israeli authorities said.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said: "The murderous terror attack at the Temple Mount was stopped by the courageous Israeli policemen who threw themselves in the way, and prevented an even greater disaster".

The Palestinian preacher described the Israeli measures in Jerusalem's Old City as a "collective punishment".

Amateur video broadcast on Israeli TV stations showed a few seconds of what appeared to be part of the chase in the compound.

A relative, Yehiyeh Jabareen, says clan members are in shock over Friday's attack at the holy site, a walled compound revered by both Muslims and Jews. All three were residents of Umm el-Fahm, a large Arab town near the border of Israel and the West Bank.

The Palestinian victims were identified as Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamid Abd al-Latif Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufdal Jabarin, 19.

The message was accompanied by a selfie of two of the Arab-Israeli attackers who were seen standing in front of the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount, Israel's i24 News reported.

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Three Arab men armed with automatic weapons holed up overnight inside a major Jerusalem shrine before opening fire Friday morning inside the sacred site, killing two Israeli policemen.

Photo Inspecting a body on Friday near what Jews call the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

Tensions are often high around the compound, which houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock.

"The president [Abbas] expressed his strong rejection and condemnation of the incident at the blessed Al Aqsa Mosque and his rejection of any act of violence from any side, especially in places of worship", WAFA said.

Imam of Al-Aqsa Ekrema Sabri told Anadolu Agency that the Israeli forces are now banning prayer at the mosque.

The Palestinian Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammad Hussein called on Palestinians to defy the closure, and was later reported to have been detained.

In addition to the Lion's Gate, Israel Police Chief police also sealed entrance to the Old City at the Jaffa and Zion gates.

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