Israeli government shuts down Jerusalem's holy site following police killings

Two Israeli police officers were shot and killed on Friday morning in Jerusalem's Old City, just outside one of the world's sacred sites.

EWN correspondent, Paula Slier, says three armed men tried to enter a well-guarded compound and started firing at police officers.

It was later confirmed that two police officers died and another one was taken to hospital and civilians were injured.

Three attackers were killed on the scene, she says.

There is currently a heavy police presence and the area remains closed for security reasons.

There are no permissions for people to come and pray. This is a significant step by Israel because the last time it made such a move was 17 years ago.

Paula Slier, Middle East Correspondent

This is going to cause huge outrage amongst Palestinians, not only those who are trying to get to Temple Mount to pray.

Paula Slier, Middle East Correspondent

A lot of Israelis are angry and have been calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take more harsher steps.

Paula Slier, Middle East Correspondent

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