New footage of Temple Mount attack shows terrorists surprising Israeli policemen with gunfire

The first moments of Friday morning’s deadly terror attack at the Temple Mount were recorded by a security camera. The footage shows the terrorists catching the police officers off guard as they rush toward them and open fire.

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New security camera footage shows the first moments of the deadly terror attack on Friday morning in which two Druze police officers were murdered. In the video, the officers are seen at their posts when the terrorists suddenly run toward them and open fire.    

After shooting the police officers, the terrorists ran back into the Temple Mount complex. Police officers who were chasing them managed to eliminate them before they were able to murder anyone else. When they searched the bodies, the officers found three firearms and blue Israeli ID cards.

Meanwhile, police forces entered Umm al-Fahm, where the terrorists lived, and started to arrest residents in connection with the shooting attack. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Israeli security and defense officials in order to assess the situation and ordered that the mourning tents in the Israeli Arab city be disassembled. He also ordered the Israel Police to increase security measures in the Old City of Jerusalem. On Sunday, the situation will be reassessed and it will be decided whether to gradually reopen the Temple Mount to worshippers and visitors.

Police officials leave the scene Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash 90

Following the terror attack, Netanyahu changed his Facebook cover photo to a picture of the Israeli flag and the five-colored Druze flag together with a message in Hebrew: “We are brothers.” In a Facebook post, Netanyahu wrote: “In the name of every citizen of Israel, I would like to send condolences from the bottom of my heart to the families of those murdered in the terrorist attack today on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem – Haiel Sitawe and Kamil Shnaan.”

“This is a sad day for our brothers in the Druze community who are paying the heaviest price in our shared duty to defend the security of Israel,” the Israeli prime minister continued. “I salute them and their heroism. May their memories be rooted in our hearts forever.”

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