3 attackers killed after gunbattle with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem
Israeli security forces stand guard at one of the entrances to al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Jerusalem's Old City following an attack. Photograph: (AFP)
Three gunmen were killed after they opened fire on Israeli police before fleeing to a nearby holy site in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday.
All three attackers were killed by security forces, police said.
Three people were wounded in the attack, two of them critically, police added.
The attackers fled to the site known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif and to the Jews as the Temple Mount.
Police locked down the area and the al-Aqsa compound at the holy site was closed for Friday prayers. Gates leading to the site were sealed off.
The ancient, marble-and-stone compound houses the al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third-holiest site, and the 7th century Dome of the Rock. Thousands pray there every Friday.
No details were immediately available on the identity of the attackers.
Three assailants opened fire on Israeli police in Jerusalem's Old City on July 14 before fleeing to a nearby highly sensitive holy site and being killed by security forces, police said. (AFP)
Israeli police check the scene and surround a dead body (in foreground) where assailants fired shots toward Israeli forces on the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Jerusalem's Old City. (AFP)
Israeli security forces frisk a Palestinian youth in the Jerusalem's Old City on July 14, 2017, following an alleged attack. (AFP)