Palestinians dismiss IS claim of Israel policewoman killing

Palestinians dismiss IS claim of Israel policewoman killing

Israeli security forces shot dead three Palestinian teenagers who carried out terrorist attacks on Israeli police officers in two different areas of Jerusalem on Friday evening.

Israel's security services have reported IS-inspired attacks in the past and arrested those suspected of links to the jihadist group, but this is the first direct claim by IS on Israeli soil.

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.

Officials said there were two simultaneous attacks near the Damascus Gate, an approved entry point into the walled Old City of Jerusalem for adult Palestinian men to attend Friday prayers.

It was during this time that Hadas Malka, a 23-year-old sergeant major, was critically injured by the attackers.

The original report was titled: 'Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem, ' a headline that omitted the fact that the three perpetrators, who operated in two different scenes, were neutralized after they attempted to assault Israeli policemen and killed Staff Sgt. Maj.

The policewoman was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died of her wounds.

Hamas says ISIL claim that three of its fighters attacked Israeli police is false and an attempt to "muddy the waters".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the Palestinian Authority to halt payments to the families of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.

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

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, violence Israel has dubbed "popular terrorism".

Following the attacks, the Israeli government took a number of punitive measures against Palestinian residents in the West Bank.

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.

Four other people were wounded, including a police officer, two Arabs and a woman treated for shock.

All three men were from the village of Deir Abu Mashal, near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Thirty-eight Israelis, two American tourists and a British student have been killed in shootings, car-rammings and stabbings since a wave of Palestinian street attacks began in October 2015.

This would not be the first time ISIS has falsely claimed attacks as their own.

The claim comes in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in which the jihadi group has called for a surge of attacks.