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According to media reports the deadly attack took place near the holy site known as the Temple Mount and as Haram al-Sharif.

One of his sons, Ahmad pointed out to the AFP that his father had been questioned "by the police on what they called incitement to violence, about his call to muslims to come to Jerusalem, to denounce the closure of the esplanade".

Abbas also called on Israel to lift the closure on the holy esplanade, the site of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Noble Sanctuary shrine, warning that the move could have "consequences".

Israeli border police officers body-search Palestinians in Jerusalem's Old City.

They had been armed with guns and knives, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Palestinians have long feared an attempt by Israel to change the status of the mosque, which is now closed off to non-muslim practices.

Police distributed a video they said showed at least two of the attackers arriving from the direction of the mosque and ambushing police officers.

The Israeli authorities shut the area to Muslims gathering for Friday prayers afterwards, drawing a call for resistance from Palestinian religious leaders. Officials said both officers were Druze, members of an Islamic sect which most Muslims consider outside of Islam.

"The prime minister said that Israel will take all the necessary measures in order to ensure the security on the Temple Mount without changes in the status quo", it said.

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Toronto- Closed since Friday morning following the shooting deaths of five people, the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City has become the focal point of rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

The esplanade is revered by jews as the Temple mount.

Israeli authorities have deployed hundreds of troops and erected roadblocks at the entrances of Jerusalem's Old City after the attack in which three Palestinian assailants and two Israeli policemen were killed.

The compound lies in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move that was never recognised by the global community.

The site is holy to Jews and Muslims and a scene of frequent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces.

The israeli Arabs are the descendants of Palestinians stayed on their land to the creation of Israel in 1948.

Jordan is a controlling force over the Waqf, the Mount's Islamic custodians.

Forty Israelis, two American tourists and a British student have been killed in stabbings, shootings and car-rammings. A few of the attacks were carried out by Arab Israeli citizens.

Police identified the slain officers as Hayil Satawi, 30, from the northern Israeli Arab town of Maghar, and Kamil Shnaan, 22, from another northern town, Hurfeish.

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