Prayers cancelled after Jerusalem attack

Prayers cancelled after Jerusalem attack

Prayers cancelled after Jerusalem attack

A terror attack perpetrated by three people in the Old City of Jerusalem - the capital of Israel - led to at least four people sustaining injuries on Friday, July 14.

The attack is said to have taken place in an area known to the Jewish as Temple Mount and Noble Sanctuary to Muslims.

Israeli authorities are still working to identify the attackers, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The compound is the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Israel annexed East Jerusalem, where the Old City and the holy compound are located, after the 1967 Middle East war and regards all of Jerusalem as its capital, a move that is not recognised internationally. Police gave chase and they were shot dead at the compound. In another moment, a puff of smoke, possibly from gunfire, was visible.

The attackers were armed with 2 Carl Gustav machine guns and a pistol.

It was the latest bloodshed in a wave of Palestinian attacks that erupted in 2015, in part over the Jerusalem holy site. Police said that assailants at the scene were killed.

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