JERUSALEM – Jerusalem’s Temple Mount reopened on Sunday after a 48-hour closure due to an attack that left two Israeli policemen and three Israeli Arab assailants dead in Jerusalem’s Old City.
The holy site opened after the Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at the gates as one of the security measures imposed after the attack that took place on Friday.
“Security measures continue in the old city & Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Temple Mount opened this afternoon. Police units patrolling area,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a post to Twitter.
The attack took place on Friday when three armed assailants opened fire on policemen near one of Temple Mount’s gates.
The three attackers were shot dead by security forces.
Meanwhile, officials from the Islamic Endowment (Waqf) that runs the holy site refused to go through metal detectors, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement, adding there would be no age discrimination in allowing entry to the holy site.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week he would “take all the necessary actions to maintain security on the Temple Mount, without changing the status quo.”