Trump Condemns Deadly Terror Attack at Jerusalem Shrine


Israel said on Saturday it will reopen the ultra-sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, whose closure after a deadly attack sparked anger from Muslims and Jordan, the holy site's custodian.

In a sign of the tensions and to diffuse any potential violence at Jerusalem's holiest site, President Mahmoud Abbas held a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Donald Trump's Press Secretary, Sean Spicer made the statement available and wrote, "The U.S. strongly condemns the terror attack in Jerusalem. May their memories be rooted in our hearts forever", Netanyahu said.

"Israel and the Jerusalem police, in particular, are complicit in violating the ban on non-Muslim worship on the holy esplanade", he added. Israeli security officials vowed to tighten security checks around the holy site.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which consists of 57 member states and calls itself the "collective voice of the Muslim world", also slammed Israel for closing the Mount, claiming the move amounted to "a serious crime and a risky precedent". It is managed by Jordanian religious authorities and is adjacent to the Western Wall, a holy site where Jews are permitted to pray. "An attack today in the Old City of Jerusalem left two policemen dead".

"Terrorism must be renounced and unconditionally condemned by all", he wrote.

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

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres condemned the attack, adding: "This incident has the potential to ignite further violence".

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

Police say the assailants used a knife, a pistol and two homemade machine guns.

Israeli authorities have kept Al-Aqsa mosque shuttered, banning prayers, for the first time in decades.

The security cameras will be placed on high polls to provide Israeli security with information on what is taking place on Temple Mount and metal detectors placed at the gates leading to it.

Napier said Israeli forces and settlers have a long history of carrying out atrocious acts against Palestinians; so, the oppressed people have the right to use military acts to defend themselves.

Jews revere the site, where the two Jewish temples stood in biblical times, as the Temple Mount.

Police identified them as Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabareen, 29; Muhammad Hamed Abdel Latif Jabareen, 19; and Muhammad Ahmad Mafadal Jabareen, 29.

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).