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Hamas says target Israelis after Jerusalem site attack

AP  |  Gaza City 

Gaza's militant Hamas rulers has called on Palestinians to attack Israeli forces in after a sacred site was closed following a deadly assault there.

Hamas described the closure of the site known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount in a statement as a "religious war" and Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called on the Palestinian "uprising" to target the Israeli army and West settlers.

made the rare move after three Palestinian assailants opened fire there Friday, killing two Israeli police officers before being shot dead. The attackers were devout Muslim citizens of

Yesterday, the condemned the attack in a strongly-worded statement.

Hamas staged a rally celebrating the attack

The Muslim-administered site is revered by both Muslims and Jews. says it won't reopen before Sunday.

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First Published: Sun, July 16 2017. 03:42 IST