Gunmen kill two policemen, injure another near Jerusalem holy site

Gunmen kill two policemen, injure another near Jerusalem holy site

Two Israeli policemen have been killed and a third wounded in gunshots 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’.

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.

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.

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 30 metres away.

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

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