Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Palestinian attackers killed after killing Israeli officer


In the other incident, two attackers armed with a knife and a gun were shot by an Israeli police officer with at least two bystanders also reportedly hurt.

"I have instructed the police to reinforce security arrangements and checking procedures in the plaza around Damascus Gate", Netanyahu said at a weekly cabinet meeting, explaining that he was consdiering making the zone a "sterile area". Later on, Gaza Strip ruling party Hamas said that ISIS' proclamation is incorrect and an attempt to distort the political scene.

According to Israeli police, the Israeli government has revoked permits allowing Palestinians to visit Israel on occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"The attack was carried out by three Palestinians, two PFLP members and a Hamas member", said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.

The Islamic State has for the first time claimed responsibility for an attack inside Israeli-controlled territory after Palestinian men stabbed and killed an Israeli police officer and wounded two other officers in Jerusalem.

"Instead of condemning the attack, Fatah - which is headed by Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas] - issued a statement in which it condemned the Border Police fighters who killed the terrorists, and praised the murderers as heroes".

Israel and its supporters have long complained about biased and misleading headlines on stories in the press overseas about terrorist attacks in Israel.

The funeral at a military cemetery in Ashdod began just after midnight on Sunday morning, about 24 hours after she died of her wounds sustained during the Friday night attack near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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Israeli emergency personnel carry the body of one of three Palestinians who carried out shooting and stabbing attacks that critically injured an Israeli border policewoman outside Damascus gate to Jerusalem's old city June 16, 2017.

The terror groups ISIS and Hamas both took credit for a pair of terror attacks in Jerusalem on Friday, then sparred over who truly was responsible. Malka was responding to the first attack when she was killed.

More than 300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of October 2015.

Since September 2015, Palestinian assailants have killed 42 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British student, mainly in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks. Numerous recent Palestinian attacks in Jerusalem took place in this area. On January 8, a Palestinian drove a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers, killing four.

The attack comes on the third Friday of the month-long Ramadan fast at a time when thousands of Muslims were making their way to the Temple Mount to pray.

Palestinian officials reject the accusation and say the violence stems from anger over Israeli occupation of land sought by Palestinians.

Israel accuses the Palestinian establishment of inciting the violence, including by glorifying attackers and supporting their families.

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