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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2012 file photo, Israeli forces take position during clashes with Palestinian worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City. Jordan's prime minister on Monday, April 18, 2016 said his government has decided to call off a plan to install surveillance cameras at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, derailing a U.S.-brokered pact to ease tensions at the volatile hilltop compound revered by Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount, and Muslims, who call it the Noble Sanctuary. It has been a frequent scene of violence in the past. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Two officers were killed by Palestinian assailants at the holiest site in Judaism

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Two officers were killed by three Palestinian assailants on Friday near a major Jerusalem shrine, Israel’s police chief Roni Alsheich confirmed.

A spokesperson confirmed that the attack began near a gate of Jerusalem’s Old City. The police officers chased the gunmen as they fled to a nearby mosque and were shot dead at the compound.

Following the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shut down the Muslim-administered compound for security reasons. He said the status quo governing the site "will be preserved."

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

The religious sanctuary has been the target of violence in recent months. Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 43 Israelis, two Americans, and a British tourist.

It is the holiest site to Jews and the third holiest in Islam. Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 43 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist. In the same time frame, Israeli forces have killed more than 250 Palestinians, which Israeli claimed to be attackers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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