Clashes erupt in village of Palestinians killed by Israeli police

According to Israeli media, officer Hadas Malka was killed in a stabbing attack on Friday near Damascus Gate, which is one of the main entrances to Jerusalem al-Quds' Old City.

Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Medics said four people besides the officer were wounded in the incident, two of them moderately and two lightly.

"An attack on Israel, especially Jerusalem, is a desire of every jihadi group, [and] ISIS will likely tout this attack to win hearts and minds", said Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group, in a tweet Friday.

Separately, a Palestinian official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Sunday that Cairo had agreed in talks last week with a Hamas delegation to sell the group fuel to get the Gaza Strip's only power station back online.

The policewoman was stabbed and critically injured and later died in hospital of her wounds.

"Soldiers of the caliphate" struck a "gathering of Jews", the statement said.

The soldiers also assaulted many Palestinains, and clashed with local youths, wounding many with live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Meanwhile, Rosenfeld emphasized that "a significant police presence can be felt in the area around the walls of the Old City and the different quarters".

Israeli police said on Friday all the assailants were from the occupied West Bank.

Ma'an, a Palestinian news outlet, reported that Israeli police have also been conducting physical searches on Palestinians, forcing those with West Bank IDs to board special buses back to the West Bank after they are rounded up and detained. If true, this will be the first time ISIS has perpetrated an attack in Israel.

It claim the entire city as its indivisible capital but the Palestinians claim its eastern sector as the capital of their promised state.

The PLFP is a Marxist-Leninist group that broke away from the Arab Nationalist movement in the late 1960s and was credited with carrying out worldwide attacks, including plane hijackings, and in more recent times, rocket attacks on Israel.

In the wake of the attacks, Israel canceled permits allowing Palestinians to visit their families in Israel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. One Israeli police officer was killed in the attack.

Netanyahu, however, did not revoke the permission given to Palestinian men aged over 40 from the West Bank to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers, police said. They were imprisoned in Israel in the past for rock and firebomb attacks.

The Israeli army said the assailants appeared have acted independently, like numerous attackers in a wave of unrest that has rocked Israel and the occupied territories since October 2015, violence Israel has dubbed "popular terrorism".

  • Leroy Wright