Jerusalem: police, two Israeli officers killed

Hamas, Islamic Jihad hail Temple Mount-Haram al-Sharif attack

14 July, 13:08

    (ANSA) - TEL AVIV, JULY 14 - Two Israeli policemen who were injured in an attack on Friday morning at the Temple Mount-Haram al-Sharif compound in Jerusalem have died, Israeli police chief Micky Rosenfeld said.

    The two officers killed in the attack by the Lyons' Gate in the Old City Walls, were Druze Israelis identified by police as Hail Sitawi, 30, from the village of Majar, and Camil Shanan, 22, from the village of Horfesh, both in Galilee.

    Sitawi and Shanan had been stationed for years in the Old City of Jerusalem.

    Hamas and Islamic Jihad hail attack The attack Friday next to a holy site known by Jews as Temple Mount and by Muslims as Noble Sanctuary was hailed by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, which however have not claimed responsibility.

    Abdel Latif Qanou (Hamas) told the press that ''the blessed martyrdom operation highlights the determination of our people to resist brutal occupation'' and that it is a ''natural consequence of a series of crimes'' which he attributed to Israel.

    Islamic Jihad in a statement referred to Friday's attack in a wider context as part of ''demonstrations of courage by our people against occupying forces that must now beware to cross a red line''.

    Abbas Zaki, of the central committee of al-Fatah, said Israel was morally responsible for the Jerusalem attack. ''There can be no peace or stability in the Middle East until the occupation ends'', he stated.(ANSAmed).

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