IS claims first operation in Israel, one policewoman killed

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

Emad Zahran, the head of Deir Abu Mashal Local Council, said the soldiers closed all roads leading to the village, starting late at night Friday, and installed an iron gate, sealing the main entrance, and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

WAFA has identified three Palestinian men - Bara Ibrahim Atta, 18, Usama Ahmad Atta, 19, and Adel Ankoush, 18 - as the Jerusalem attackers, who were shot dead by Israeli forces outside Jerusalem's Old City wall.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack in Jerusalem on Friday in which an Israeli border policewoman was killed, the group's Amaq news agency said.

Israel accuses the Palestinian establishment of inciting the violence, including by glorifying attackers and supporting their families.

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 global attacks, including plane hijackings, and in more recent times, rocket attacks on Israel.

Nearby police officers shot and killed the terrorists.

"I have instructed the police to reinforce security arrangements and checking procedures in the plaza around Damascus Gate", Netanyahu said at a weekly cabinet meeting, explaining that he was consdiering making the zone a "sterile area".

The policewoman was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died of her wounds.

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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.

Israeli police said the three Palestinian assailants were killed.

A number of local and global human rights groups have raised concerns that Israeli security forces have employed a "shoot-to-kill" policy when confronting Palestinians. Two of them were Palestinians from East Jerusalem. However, there have been a string of recent attacks near the Old City.

Israel is a prominent subject in ISIS's propaganda output, with the group regularly stating that it seeks to take over Jerusalem, where the third-holiest site in Islam-the Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary-and the most holy in Judaism-known to Jews as the Temple Mount-is located. The city, particularly the Old City, which hosts Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites, is one of the most contested pieces of land in the Middle East, maybe the world.

Large numbers of heavily armed security forces were patrolling throughout the Old City, an AFP reporter said.

Hamas, the government authority in Gaza, was quick to call say that ISIS are liars and that Hamas should get the credit, because all of the teenage attackers were Hamas members.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Palestinian Authority had agreed to halt payments to the families of slain attackers, including suicide bombers.

Other reports by GizPress

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