Hamas, ISIS Fight Over Credit For Jerusalem Terror Attack


A statement issued by its Amaq news agency said: "Let the Jews expect the demise of their entity at the hands of the Caliphate soldiers". Local sources said the soldiers imposed a strict siege on the village.

Israeli authorities, meanwhile, say nearly 50 Israelis have been killed in attacks carried out by Palestinians over the same period. Two of the attackers, both from Ramallah, were between the ages of 18 and 19 and the third was a 30-year-old from Hebron, police spokeswoman Luba Simri said.

The trio attacked struck at Damascus Gate in annexed East Jerusalem late on Friday before being shot dead by security forces, said Israeli police.

An Israeli policewoman was killed in the attack; security forces shot three suspected Palestinian assailants.

The Israeli government has blamed the terrorism and violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks. She later died in hospital of her wounds.

An Israeli border policewoman and three Palestinians were killed in two simultaneous attacks last night.

Ma'an, a Palestinian news outlet, reported that Israeli police have also been conducting physical searches on Palestinians, forcing those with West Bank IDs to board special buses back to the West Bank after they are rounded up and detained.

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Israeli border police arrest a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank village of Deir Abu Mashal on Saturday.

In response to the attack, Israeli security services said that they were canceling entry permits for West Bank Palestinians to visit relatives inside Israel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The gun jammed and the Arab with the knife stabbed the woman officer.

The Jerusalem District Police has launched an investigation into the coordinated terror attacks in the city on Friday.

Netanyahu was also considering sealing off the Damascus Gate area to the public.

An Israeli policeman securse the scene of the shooting and stabbing attack outside Damascus gate in Jerusalem's old city June 16, 2017. "Hamas wants to clarify that it is involved in a national battle of the Palestinian people with the "Zionist" occupier and it is in its interest to present it as such". A spokesman for the movement, Hazem Qassem, said the attack was "proof that the Palestinian people are leading a revolution against the enemy".

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

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