Police: Two officers killed in Palestinian attack

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Latest on an attack by Palestinian gunmen near Jerusalem holy site (all times local):
              
12:10 p.m.
              
Israel's police chief says two officers were killed in an attack by Palestinian assailants near a major Jerusalem shrine.
              
Roni Alsheich says the policemen died of wounds sustained in the attack earlier Friday.
              
He spoke after three Arab citizens of Israel opened fire on police near one of the holiest sites in Jerusalem. The compound is the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam.
              
The site has been a flashpoint for violence in the past, with friction there sparking major rounds of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
              
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11:30 a.m.
              
Israel's prime minister has promised to preserve long-standing access arrangements at a contested Jerusalem holy site, in an apparent attempt to allay Muslim fears after Israel ordered the volatile shrine closed for a day following a Palestinian shooting attack there.
              
Benjamin Netanyahu says the Muslim-administered sacred compound will be shut Friday for security reasons to make sure there are no weapons there. He says the status quo governing the site "will be preserved."
              
Netanyahu's statement came after three Palestinians opened fire on Israelis near the site, wounding three before fleeing into the compound where they were killed in a gunfight with security forces.
              
The compound is the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam.
              
The site has been a flashpoint for violence in the past, with friction there sparking major rounds of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
              
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9 a.m.
              
Israeli police say three Palestinians have opened fire at Israelis near an important Jerusalem holy site, wounding two seriously before being killed in a gunfight.
              
Spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attack happened Friday near a gate of Jerusalem's Old City and the shooters then fled toward a mosque at the nearby holy site. Police gave chase and they were shot dead at the compound.
              
The holy compound is known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary. 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.
              
In that time, Israeli forces have killed more than 254 Palestinians, most of them said by Israel to be attackers.

© 2017 Associated Press


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