During that period, Israeli forces have killed more than 254 Palestinians, most of them said by Israel to be attackers while others were killed in clashes. Clashes between Palestinians and Israelis, particularly in the Old City, are not uncommon, though typically involve knives rather than guns.
Police opening fire at the site – the holiest in Judaism and third-holiest in Islam, after Mecca and Medina – is highly unusual and likely to significantly heighten tensions.Police said the site was cleared of people after the attack and will be closed for prayers Friday – the highlight of the Muslim religious week.
It typically draws tens of thousands of worshippers who flock to the compound from Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.It marked only the third time since Israel’s capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war that authorities ordered the Muslim-administered compound closed, said Ikrema Sabri, a prayer leader at the holy site.
Tensions are often high around the marble-and-stone compound that houses the Aqsa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock. It is managed by Jordanian authorities and is adjacent to the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews are permitted to pray.
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