Palestinian attackers killed after killing Israeli officer

At one location, two Palestinians were shot dead after opening fire at a group of Israeli police officers.

The names differ from those reported by ISIL, which said the attack was carried out by three brothers by the names of Abu al-Bara'a al-Maqdisi, Abu Hassan al-Maqdisi, and Abu Rabah al-Maqdisi, AFP reported. Israeli security services also cast doubt on the claims by IS.

They also lined the threshold of the main mosque, where hundreds of worshippers had been stayed overnight for special prayers during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The Islamic State group on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack in Jerusalem for the first time saying it fatally stabbed an Israeli policewoman outside the walled Old City. All of the terrorists were from the village of Deir Abu-Mashal, a village near Ramallah and had been previously arrested for security related offenses.

Most of the attacks have been carried out by "lone wolves", some only in their teens, and Israel has dubbed the violence "popular terrorism".

Israeli security forces and an ambulance are seen at the scene of an attack outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on June 16, 2017.

Major General Yoav Mordechai - head of COGAT, the Israeli defence ministry agency responsible for civilian affairs in the Palestinian territories - said the 250,000 family visit permits were cancelled in response to "encouragement to terrorism" by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fateh movement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the Palestinian Authority to halt payments to the families of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.

Terror group ISIS claimed responsibility of the attack, reaffirming that the attack was premeditated and not improvised.

Netanyahu criticized the Palestinian government for not condemning the attack.

A fourth Palestinian, a Hebron resident who had been initially identified by Palestinian security as a perpetrator, was in fact a passerby who was wounded by gunshots and taken to hospital for treatment, Israeli police said.

Friday's attack is the latest in a wave of unrest that has rocked Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories since October 2015.

Thirty-eight Israelis, two American tourists and a British student have been killed in stabbings, shootings and car-rammings, many of which took place in the vicinity of the Old City's Damascus gate. At times the attacks were daily occurrences, but they had somewhat subsided in recent months. On January 8, a Palestinian drove a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers, killing four.

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

He slammed the Palestinian leadership for not denouncing the attack while condemning Israel for killing the terrorists.

  • Leroy Wright


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