Israeli officer killed, three Palestinian attackers shot dead

IS issued a statement Saturday, June 17, taking responsibility for the stabbing and shooting attacks Friday evening. It was the first time that the organization took responsibility for a terror attack inside Israel, a target which the group warned it will "wipe out".

Israeli news daily Haaretz reported all three Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli police at the scene.Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that the Israeli police officer, a 23-year old woman named Hadas Malka, succumbed to her wounds after being stabbed by one of the attackers, while a number of others were injured in the attack. "At this stage no indication has been found it was directed by terrorist organizations nor has any connection to any organization been found", Simri said.

Palestinians say those attacks result from anger over decades of Israeli occupation.

"To our understanding, the Islamic State was not involved in the attack", an officer with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), speaking on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua. At the other, a Palestinian fatally stabbed a border policewoman before being shot dead by police.

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.

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

The Israeli was lightly wounded and the assailant taken in for questioning.Israel had eased restrictions on the entry of Palestinians from the West Bank to Jerusalem for Ramadan.

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"Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem", read the BBC tweet. In a message to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Netanyahu demands condemnation of the attack: "I expect the countries of the world to follow suit".

The area around Damascus Gate was sealed off in the hours after the attack, with a few youths throwing fireworks at security forces.

Israeli police said the three Palestinian assailants were killed. A spokesman for the movement, Hazem Qassem, said the attack was "proof that the Palestinian people are leading a revolution against the enemy".

The unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 272 Palestinians, 42 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP tally.

Al-Quds said the new USA ambassador to Israel is expected to visit an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, which, if it does happen, will be the first for a United States diplomat to an Israeli settlement.

Yaakov Peri, an Israeli lawmaker and former head of the Shin Bet security service, said the coordinated assault marked an "upgrade" over recent Palestinian violence and that he hoped it was not the beginning of a new wave of attacks.

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