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Four Palestinians, two Israelis killed, and Israeli forces blockade Al Aqsa mosque

Three Palestinian assailants shot dead two Israeli policemen before being killed in a shootout near the flashpoint holy site in east Jerusalem on Friday.Netanyahu also said he would preserve the status quo at the site, allaying Muslim concerns over their future access to the holy grounds.Security forces locked down the area and the Al-Aqsa mosque was closed to Friday prayers for the first time in decades, with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) saying it was preparing for violent confrontations in the aftermath of the attack. Palestinians fear an increased incursion of Israeli right-wing groups into the mosque compound.Israel has closed the site for further weapons sweeps.Some witnesses said that Israeli forces entered the mosque compound with shoes on, which is highly disrespectful to the sacred space, and also proceeded to dump out garbage containers on the floor, claiming to be “searching” them.The site’s importance to both faiths is part of the rising tension between Palestine and Israel.The site is known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary.President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the closure of the mosque and contacted Jordan, the official custodian over the Muslim holy places in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, urging it to intervene with Israel to reopen it. The closure came after a deadly shooting during which three Palestinians and two Israeli police were killed near the mosque.There have always been tensions over control of the entire Temple Mount area.Mohammed Hussein, based at the shrine, was taken to an Old City police station, his son Omar said.As reports Radio Freedom, law enforcement officers have eliminated three of the attackers.The Palestinian victims were identified as Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamid Abd al-Latif Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufdal Jabarin, 19.It is located in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the worldwide community. The picture was taken on June 7th, 1967, when the peak was this brigade’s command post at the height of the Six-Day War, or Arab-Israeli War.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.Following the shooting, Israeli forces blockaded the mosque compound, not allowing worshippers into the area. The two officers – 30-year-old Haiel Sitawe and 22-year-old Kamil Shnaan – were buried in their home towns in northern Israel on Friday afternoon.