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Trump Condemns Deadly Terror Attack at Jerusalem Shrine

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By    |   Saturday, 15 Jul 2017 03:30 PM

President Donald Trump on Saturday called for "zero tolerance for terrorism" after an attack on a Jerusalem shrine Friday by three Palestinians that killed two Israeli police officers.

"Yesterday, the Holy City of Jerusalem — which means "City of Peace" — became a scene of terror," Trump said in a statement released via White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Twitter.

"The people of the United States are heartbroken that terrorists brutally gunned down two Israeli police officers, and we extend our prayers and sympathies to the families of the victims.

"The United States strongly condemns the terror attack."

Israeli police said Friday that three Palestinians killed two officers after opening fire on a Jerusalem holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims before being killed in a gunfight.

The assault happened near a gate of Jerusalem's Old City – and the shooters then fled toward a mosque at the nearby holy site.

Police gave chase and the assailants were shot dead at the compound.

The site is known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary. It is the holiest site to Jews and the third holiest in Islam.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said late Friday that an investigation would continue over the weekend.

"In accordance with security assessments to be held Sunday," the shrine would open gradually to worshipers and visitors, the statement said.

Jordan, a custodian of the sacred compound, however, has called for its immediate reopening.

Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 43 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist at the site.

In that time, Israeli forces have killed more than 254 Palestinians, most of them said by Israel to be attackers.

"There must be zero tolerance for terrorism," President Trump said Saturday. "It is incompatible with achieving peace – and we must condemn it in the strongest terms, defeat it, and eradicate it.

"Israel has assured the world that it has no intention to alter the status of this holy site, a decision which the United States applauds and welcomes," Trump added.

"We urge all leaders and people of good faith to be understanding as this process proceeds and reaches its conclusion."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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