Israeli Police Chief: Temple Mount Terrorist Attack Has International Significance

Israeli riot police clash with Palestinian demonstrators at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound following Friday prayers on March 8, 2013.
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The Times of Israel reports: Touring the Temple Mount complex, Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich on Friday said the deadly shooting terror attack earlier in the day that left two Israeli police officers dead was an “exceptional” incident of international significance.

“This is an exceptional and extreme incident,” Alsheich said shortly after touring the holy site. “The shooting on the Temple Mount is a serious, sensitive and significant event on the political and international level and will be dealt with accordingly.” The entire Temple Mount complex was closed to worshipers Friday while police searched for weapons. In a statement, the Israel Police emphasized the closure was solely for security reasons and did not represent a change in the status quo.

Major General Yoav (Poly) Mordechai, head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), released a video statement in Arabic, saying the terrorists had “defiled” the holy site.

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