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Temple Mount, Jerusalem © Chris Yunker

Isrealis injured in gun attack

14/07/17Defence

Three Israelis have been injured when gunmen attacked police officers near a holy site in Jerusalem.

The three assailants were killed in the shooting near the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif hillside.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with defence minister Avigdor Liberman and security chiefs following the attack. During the meeting the decision was made to close the area for the day.

Security forces are conducting searches for weapons on the Temple Mount.

Public security minister Gilad Erdan called the attack a “red line” which will “require us to examine the security arrangements on the Temple Mount and around it”.

Israel has seen an increase in gun, knife and vehicle attacks since late 2015, during which time 42 Israelis have been killed in such attacks.

Just weeks ago an Israeli policewoman was killed in a knife and gun attack outside the Old City by three Palestinians from the occupied West Bank.

And just last week, Israeli forces shot dead an 18-year-old Palestinian during a raid in Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem.

More than 240 Palestinians have also been killed in the same period. Others have been killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers.

The gunmen opened fire as they walked from the holy site towards the Lions’ Gate area of the Old City. Information about their identities has not been released.

Two of the Israeli men hurt are in a critical condition, medics say.

Israel says Palestinian incitement has fuelled the attacks, but Palestinian leaders blame frustration rooted in decades of Israeli occupation.

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