Jerusalem (July 15, 2017): At least two Israeli police officers were killed in a shootout on Friday in Jerusalem.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said three armed assailants, whom he identified as terrorists, targeted police units in the area. One tried to stab a police officer, he said.
All three attackers were shot and killed, and the area was closed off, according to Rosenfeld. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals.
“I can confirm that the two police officers who were previously in critical condition have died of their wounds in hospital,” Rosenfeld said.
In a statement on his official Facebook page, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to the slain police officers, naming them as Haiel Sitawe, 30, father to a 3-week old son, and Kamil Shnaan, 22. Netanyahu said the officers were members of Israel’s Druze community, an Arabic-speaking religious minority.
“Our Druze brothers,” he said in a statement, paid “the heaviest price in our common endeavor to protect the security of the State. I salute them and their valor. We hold their memory dear in our hearts.”
Police released images of what they said were the assailants’ weapons, including a knife, a pistol and a homemade automatic firearm.
On the other hand sources said, TThree Palestinian citizens were killed during an armed confrontation in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem early on Friday morning.
According to details, Israeli forces heavily opened fire towards the Palestinians inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, injuring the three, who were left on the ground bleeding while medics were reportedly prevented from approaching them.
The Palestinian citizens were identified as Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29; Muhammad Hamid Abd al-Latif Jabarin, 19; and Muhammad Ahmad Mufdal Jabarin, 19 — all Palestinian citizens of Israel from the Palestinian-majority town of Umm al-Fahm.