Hamas, Israelis reject Islamic State claims over Jerusalem attack

However, a senior official from Hamas, the Islamic group that rules the Gaza Strip, and the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said the three attackers, who were all shot dead at the scene, were their own members.

The PFLP said two of the attackers were its members in a separate statement: "The media office of the PFLP armed wing mourns two of its hero comrades, two freed prisoners".

For its part, the PFLP issued a statement taking pride in and praising the operation, saying that Baraa and Osama -two of the three who had staged the attack- belonged to its ranks.

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

It was one in two incidents in which three Palestinians armed with semi-automatic weapons and knives attacked Israeli guards in the Old City.

The attack marks the first time that IS have claimed an attack inside Israel, the monitoring group SITE said.

"Let the Jews watch for the demise of their state at the hands of the soldiers of the caliphate", the statement said.

ADDS CONDITION OF THE POLICE OFFICER -Israeli police stand around a body of a Palestinian in Jerusalem, Friday, June 16, 2017.

During the attack, the police officer was killed and others were wounded, according to IS.

Israel had eased restrictions on the entrance of Palestinians from the West Bank for Ramadan, including permitting daily family visits during Sundays through Thursdays.

The investigation will also examine how the attack ended with such a tragic result.

Israeli soldiers invaded, late on Friday at night, Deir Abu Mashal village, west of Ramallah, after besieging it for several hours, leading to clashes with local youngsters, before shooting three Palestinians with live rounds, and causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. The attack appears to have been a coordinated effort by #Palestine Arabs at two different locations in the city for maximum effect.

The papers also reported on the weekly Friday anti-wall, anti-settlements protests in the West Bank and Israeli army crackdown on these protests.

The Israeli army said the assailants appeared to have acted independently, like numerous attackers in unrest that has rocked Israel and the occupied territories since October 2015.

Palestinian security forces identified one of the suspected attackers as Amer Badawi, a 31-year-old resident of the southern West Bank city Hebron.

Since September 2015, Palestinian assailants have killed 42 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British student, mainly in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks. The Old City in annexed east Jerusalem is one of the focal points of the wave of violence.

  • Leroy Wright