Palestinians shot dead after Jerusalem Old City attacks

Pauline Gross
June 17, 2017

Israeli police have shot dead three Palestinians after two separate attacks on security forces outside the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, officials said.

The Islamic State, in an online statement, today said three IS fighters had targeted "a gathering of Jews" in an operation yesterday during which the three attackers were killed by Israeli police. Israel identified a lot of them as attackers.

Police said the three were killed. She was identified as Hadas Malka, 23, a staff sergeant major. Two people are reported to have been "lightly injured" in the incident, and one is being treated for shock. Hospital officials later pronounced her dead.

According to police, two perpetrators opened fire at a group of police officers who returned fire, and a third stabbed the border policewoman a short distance away before being shot.

Israel last month announced that it was relaxing restrictions on the movement of Palestinians to and from the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, including easier access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, issuing more travel permits and allowing some to travel overseas.

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In the attack carried out Friday evening, three Palestinian assailants armed with guns and knives killed one Border Policewoman and left a number of people wounded. One of the attackers reportedly was holding a gun, but it jammed.

The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack, but Hamas rejected the claim, saying the attackers belonged to Palestinian terrorist organizations.

Israeli security services later identified the attackers as 19-year-old Bara Ibrahim Muhammad Saleh; Adel Hassan Ahmad Anakush, 18; and Osama Ahmad Mustafa Atta, 19.

Forty-two Israelis have been killed in knife, gun and car-ramming attacks by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs since October 2015.

Other reports by GizPress

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