Trump Condemns Deadly Terror Attack at Jerusalem Shrine

Israeli security forces and paramedics work at the scene of an attack at Jerusalem's Lion's Gate

The grand mufti of the city, Mohammed Hussein, was detained for questioning Friday at a police station in the Old City, his son, Omar, told The Associated Press.

According to the police and the Shin Beth, the internal security of israel, the three assailants are Arab-israelis, from the city of Umm el-Fahm.

Palestine has denounced the ongoing closure of Al-Aqsa mosque compound, calling it a violation of their religious freedoms.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said it would reopen gradually after security evaluations on Sunday.

With Al-Aqsa closed, crowds gathered at Old City gates and held Friday prayers there instead.

A Friday morning exchange of fire in and around Jerusalem's Haram Al-Sharif has escalated tensions in the Old City.

A day after the deadly terror attack in Jerusalem, which claimed the lives of two Druze Israel Police officers, the Temple Mount area remains under tight security. "The president expressed his strong rejection and condemnation of the incident that took place at Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as his rejection of any violent incidents from any side, especially in places of worship", Wafa reported.

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He called on the worldwide community to act immediately to deter repeated Israeli attacks against Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Al Quds and to stop Israel's racist violations and crimes against the Palestinian people and their holy sites.

Israeli authorities are still working to identify the attackers, the Guardian quoted police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld as saying. It is the holiest site to Jews and the third holiest in Islam.Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 43 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist.

"Until now, we don't know what is going on with my father", he said.

Jews are allowed to visit, but are banned from praying there to avoid provoking tensions. The two 19-year-old men and one 29-year-old were cousins who were all named Mohamed Jabarin.

At Lions Gate near the site of the attack, police guarded the entrance and restricted access, checking IDs.

Jordan is a controlling force over the Waqf, the Mount's Islamic custodians.

The violence has greatly subsided in recent months, though sporadic attacks have continued.

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