Israeli officer killed, three Palestinian attackers shot dead

Ruben Ruiz
June 19, 2017

A second Israeli officer was also injured in the attacks.

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

Two assailants attacked a group of officers with knives on Friday at Damascus Gate, The Times of Israel reported.

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.

"During Ramadan there are large numbers of (Palestinian) youths who enter without permits, they take advantage of Ramadan to be in Jerusalem", Halevy told media at the scene of the attack.

The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, denies that and says assailants have acted out of frustration over Israeli occupation of land sought by Palestinians in peace talks that have been stalled since 2014.

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Compensation payments to the families of "martyrs" who die carrying out attacks on Israelis are one of the sticking points in the moribund Middle East peace process.

A road leading to Damascus Gate full of stalls opened especially for Ramadan was closed off by police, and a shopkeeper said this would normally be one of the busiest nights of the year. Two of those wounded were Palestinians from east Jerusalem.

Israel, however, said it saw no evidence of such a decision, and the Palestinians wouldn't confirm.

A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 272 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP tally.

The Islamic State has launched its first attack in Jerusalem, with the claim of responsibility nearly immediately following an attack that left one Israeli police officer dead.

More than 240 Palestinians - majority attackers, Israel says - have also been killed in that period.

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