Three people were injured in a shooting assault on Temple Mount in Jerusalem, according to the Israeli ambulance service. All attackers were neutralized, police confirm.
Two of the three wounded people are in critical condition following the attack near Lions Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday, according to Israeli ambulance service official Magen David Adom, as cited by Reuters.
All three victims were sent to a Jerusalem hospital.
The district, which is a popular tourist and prayer site, has been closed.
No prayers will be held at the site today, according to Israeli police. Friday prayers at the site were cancelled for the first time in years, according to Haaretz.
Israeli police posted a picture of the attackers’ alleged weapons. Police say that “the terrorists seized” them, but did not disclose any further details.
The attackers’ identities have not been released yet.
Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the assault is still being investigated, according to Haaretz.
“The attack today is a difficult and severe event in which red lines were crossed. The attack is still under investigation and will require of us to review all security arrangements at the [Temple] Mount and its surroundings,” the minister said.
“I call on all public leaders to act to calm the situation and preserve the quiet in Jerusalem.”
In June, a 23-year-old Israeli policewoman was killed and four other people were injured after simultaneous knife and gun assaults in Jerusalem. Although Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack, a Hamas spokesman said that it was carried out by “two Palestinians from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a third from Hamas.”
In May, Israeli police shot a 16-year-old Palestinian girl after what they say was an attempted knife attack at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. However, the girl did not pose a lethal threat, according to witness accounts.