Palestinians deny IS claim for deadly attack on Israeli

Pauline Gross
June 18, 2017

Israeli border guards search a Palestinian man outside Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem's Old City following an attack.

Netanyahu was also considering sealing off the Damascus Gate area to the public. A short distance away, two Palestinians opened fire and tried to stab a group of Israeli police officers.

Israeli defense body COGAT, posted the announcement on its Arabic language Facebook page.

Palestinian militant factions denied on Saturday a claim by Islamic State that three Palestinian men who carried out a fatal shooting and stabbing attack in Jerusalem were members of the militant group.

Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka, 23, died shortly after being evacuated in critical condition to Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital on Mt. Scopus.

"The attack in Jerusalem is new proof that the Palestinian people continue their revolution against the occupiers and that the intifada will continue until complete freedom is achieved", the statement read. PM Netanyahu also demanded that the global community, as well as the PA, condemn the attacks.

"Female border policewoman injured critically in attack at Damascus gate", police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld wrote in a statement.

Israel had previously announced its annual goodwill measures for Ramadan that included 200,000 thousand visiting permits for family visits for Palestinians from the West Bank and access for 100 Gaza residents to attend prayers at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"Let the Jews expect the demise of their entity at the hands of the Caliphate soldiers", it said, calling the attack "revenge for God's religion and for the violated sanctities of Muslims".

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"The Daesh claim of responsibility is absurd", he said.

The Shin Bet internal security agency identified the three perpetrators as Braa Salah, born in 1998, Adel Ankush, born in 1999, and Asama Atta, born in 1998.

A wave of Palestinian street attacks began in October 2015 but has since slowed.

A total of three Palestinian attackers, including the one who stabbed Malka, were shot dead by police during the two attacks.

The Shin Bet said they had been implicated in previous "popular terror activity". The army sealed off the assailants' home village while troops went house to house, arresting two youths before leaving after a number of hours.

In response to the attack, Israeli security services said that they were cancelling entry permits for West Bank Palestinians to visit relatives inside Israel during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov responded to Netanyahu's call, saying such terrorist acts must be clearly condemned by all. "I was shocked", said the unemployed father, paralyzed by a stroke.

The Israeli embassy in London also lodged a complaint with BBC "for the false reports about the attack in Jerusalem and their refusal to use the words terror when it comes to attacks on Israeli citizens", Israel's Ynet News reported.

Other reports by GizPress

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