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Three Palestinians killed after attacking Israeli officers

Three Palestinians killed after attacking Israeli officers

The 23-year-old staff sergeant died of her wounds at Hadassah Hospital in Mount Scopus. At the other, a Palestinian fatally stabbed a border policewoman before being shot dead by police.

This was the first time that the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in Israel, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist organisations.

The two assailants were said to have attacked an Israeli checkpoint with a gun and knife before being shot.

Since October 2015, a number of local and worldwide human rights groups have raised concerns that Israeli security forces have used excessive force when confronting Palestinians who had carried out attacks or been suspected of doing so.

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A number of passersby were also reported to be injured close to the Damascus Gate entrance to the city.

Two of the men killed were said to be 18-year-old from al-Bireh, near Ramallah, while the third suspect was a 31-year-old from Hebron.

Israeli security service Shin Bet listed the three attackers as Adel Ankush, Bra'a Salah and Asama Ahmed.

Israel says that over 160 Palestinians have been killed while attempting to stab, shoot or ram Jewish citizens with vehicles since 2015, in a waxing and waning standoff that has become known as the Stabbing Intifada.

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Medics said four people besides the officer were wounded in the incident, two of them moderately and two lightly.

Halevi said that in the wake of the attacks, the police will consider re-imposing some of the restrictions that were lifted to allow more Muslims from the West Bank and Gaza to arrive for prays in Jerusalem during the holy month of the Ramadan.

An Israeli policewoman died after being critically injured in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City.

Meanwhile nearby, Palestinians fired at officers with an automatic weapon and attacked them with knives before officers returned fire, killing them.

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The attack was carried out by "two Palestinians from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a third from Hamas", he said.


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