At­tack Is­raelis, Gaza Ha­mas rulers urge

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza’s mil­i­tant Ha­mas rulers Satur­day called on Pales­tini­ans to at­tack Is­raeli forces in Jerusalem af­ter a sa­cred site was closed in re­sponse to a deadly as­sault.

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

Is­rael made the rare move to close the site af­ter three as­sailants opened fire there Fri­day, killing two Is­raeli po­lice of­fi­cers be­fore be­ing shot dead.

On Satur­day, the White House con­demned the at­tack. “The peo­ple of the United States are heart­bro­ken that ter­ror­ists bru­tally gunned down two Is­raeli po­lice of­fi­cers,” spokesman Sean Spicer said. “There must be zero tol­er­ance for ter­ror­ism. It is in­com­pat­i­ble with achiev­ing peace and we must con­demn it in the strong­est terms, de­feat it, and erad­i­cate it.”

Ha­mas staged a rally cel­e­brat­ing the at­tack.

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