Two Israeli police officers were killed outside a site sacred to both Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem on Friday, July 14.
The two men killed were Kamil Shnaan, 22, and Hael Sathawi, 30, who left behind a wife and a 3-week-old son. The assailants were three Israeli Arabs armed with a pistol and homemade machine guns, most likely made in the West Bank.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri was reported as condoning the attack, saying: “the attack in Jerusalem is a natural reaction to Israeli terror and the desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and is proof of the continuing resistance to the occupation and that the Palestinian people are united and supportive of the resistance.” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to condemn the attack.
This attack is just another in a long line of terror against Jewish Israelis. Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 43 Israelis. The Temple Mount Compound, the site of the attack, is the holiest spot in Judaism and has become a spot of contention, as it’s the third holiest spot for Islam.
The site is to remain closed until at least Sunday.