Palestinians Prevented from Entering Jerusalem After Attacks

Cheryl Sanders
June 25, 2017

In late 2015 and 2016, such attacks happened with near-daily frequency but the rate has declined in recent months.

In its statement, IS said the attack was "revenge for the religion of Allah and the sanctities of the violated Muslims".

Palestinian militant factions denied on Saturday a claim by Islamic State that three Palestinian men who carried out a fatal shooting and stabbing attack in Jerusalem were members of the militant group.

Hamas says ISIL claim that three of its fighters attacked Israeli police is false and an attempt to "muddy the waters". The evidence indicates that the three terrorists were not part of any terrorist organization such as Hamas or ISIS.

Israeli soldiers stand guard as Palestinian women walk outside the Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds' Old City on June 18, 2017.

Islamic State took responsibility for the attack on Friday, in which one Israeli police officer was killed and another wounded, according to the group's Amaq news agency.

The attack unfolded along Sultan Suleiman Street, near Damascus Gate in the Old City. "3 Arab terrorists shot by police units that responded at the scene".

"A proposal was made, and the topic is still in the stages of study and discussion", a spokesperson for the Israeli police said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a Palestinian stabbed a female officer in her 20s, critically wounding her.

According to police, two of the assailants opened fire at a group of police officers who returned fire, and a third stabbed the policewoman.

On Saturday, Israeli police rounded up over 350 Palestinians in Jerusalem in a mass crackdown on undocumented workers, a police spokesman said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the slain attackers as Adel Hasan Ahmad Ankoush, 18; Baraa Ibrahim Salih Taha, 18; and Osama Ahmad Dahdouh, 19.

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

"Instead of condemning the attack, Fatah... issued a statement in which it condemn (s) the officers who killed the terrorists, and praised the murderers as heroes", Netanyahu said, referring to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party. The Hebrew-language news site of Ynet reported that army forces have started to map the family homes of the attackers in order to demolish them as a punitive measure.

Many have taken place in the vicinity of Damascus Gate.

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