Netanyahu; Al-Aqsa mosque will gradually reopen on sunday

MDA evacuating the injured from scene of terror attack

President Donald Trump on Saturday called for "zero tolerance for terrorism" after an attack on a Jerusalem shrine Friday by three Palestinians that killed two Israeli police officers.

The attack triggered a rare phone conversation between Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who condemned the attack and called for the site to be reopened.

"I can confirm that the two police officers who were previously in critical condition have died of their wounds in [the] hospital", Rosenfeld told CNN.

Israeli authorities also detained Jerusalem's top Islamic cleric as crowds gathered at the Old City's gates after the attack, his son said. The assailants were then pursued, shot and killed by police.

It was the first time in 50 years that Israel closed the compound, which is Islam's third holiest site.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of the security measures late Saturday before departing for a trip to Paris.

Calls to prayer rang out from Al-Aqsa, but dozens of Muslim worshipers held midday prayers outside the site in protest at the new security measures. Jews are allowed to visit but not pray there to avoid provoking tensions.

"A chase ensued and the three terrorists were killed by police".

"Malaysia strongly condemn Israel's closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque and denying the rights of the Muslims to perform Friday prayers", he said in his Twitter account on Sunday.

Ignoring nearly completely the unprovoked attack on the policemen, Muslim leaders from Israel and from across the Arab world accused the Jewish state of moving the region closer to religious conflict.

The gunmen had opened fire on the patrol near the Lion's Gate area of the Old City before fleeing to the holy site. "I sent them a hug from every citizen of Israel and participation in their very bad grief", Netanyahu said.

Israel has previously accused Palestinians of stockpiling rocks and other projectiles in one of the mosques in the holy compound.

Israel blames the "terror" on incitement by the Palestinian leadership, but the Palestinian Authority claims Israeli military occupation is the driving force behind the violence.



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