Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Palestinians reject ISIL claim of Jerusalem attacks

Palestinians reject ISIL claim of Jerusalem attacks

According to eyewitness, Israeli forces raided the houses of three Palestinians who were killed after carrying out shooting and stabbing attacks in East Jerusalem on Friday.

The move comes days after a 23-year-old Israeli border policewoman was fatally stabbed outside Jerusalem's Old City.

At one location, two Palestinians were shot dead after opening fire at a group of Israeli police officers. At one scene, two of the attackers were shot and killed after assaulting police officers with knives and guns.

Another Palestinian man from Hebron was also injured by Israeli security forces, despite playing no role in the attacks. In an online statement, the group said three IS fighters had targeted "a gathering of Jews" in an operation yesterday during which the three attackers were killed by Israeli police.

Ramallah- Each of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine PFLP, Hamas and terror group ISIS have claimed involvement in the attack staged by three young Palestinian nationals in Jerusalem which killed a police officer. "The female officer was stabbed multiple times and in critical condition before being rushed to the hospital, where unfortunately, she died of her wounds a short while afterwards".

Israeli figures pointed the blame at Palestinian leaders.

Netanyahu is also considering making the area around the flashpoint Damascus Gate, where the attacks took place, a "sterile zone" that bans Palestinian entries, according to the statement.

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

Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevy identified the three perpetrators as Palestinians from the West Bank.

The Israeli police relaxed its open-fire regulations in December 2015, permitting officers to fire, with live ammunition, on those suspected of throwing stones or firebombs as an initial option, without having to use non-lethal weapons first.

The jihadist group has a major presence across Israel's southern border in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, from where it has claimed several rocket attacks from into Israel.

Netanyahu noted the several steps taken by the Jerusalem government to prevent further attacks, including preparing to demolish the terrorists' homes, the revoking of Palestinian visits in Israel previously approved for the Muslim month of Ramadan, and police reinforcement of security arrangements and checking procedures in the plaza around the Damascus Gate, where the attack occurred. They banned the Palestinians from entering and exiting the Old City and obliged the commercial stores' owners to shut down otherwise they would pay a fine of over NIS 40,000.

Islamic State's claim of responsibility was reported by the group's Amaq news agency on Friday. Two of them were Palestinians from East Jerusalem.

But Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, rubbished the claim.

The attack was the latest bloodshed in a wave of Palestinian attacks on civilians and soldiers that began in 2015.

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