Islamic State claims responsibility for fatal stabbing of police officer in Jerusalem

Islamic State claims responsibility for fatal stabbing of police officer in Jerusalem

Female Israeli officer Hadas Malka was killed in a stabbing attack on Friday near Damascus Gate, which is one of the main entrances to Jerusalem al-Quds' Old City.

In 2016 Israeli authorities rescinded the permits of 83,000 Palestinians during Ramadan after four Israelis were killed and 16 wounded in a Tel Aviv shooting spree carried out by two Palestinians from the West Bank. Numerous stabbing attacks have targeted border police deployed at the Damascus Gate. The Israeli forces also erupted metal barriers in the streets leading to Bab al-Amoud and prevented vehicles from using these streets.

With eight days remaining of Ramadan, Israeli security forces are reassessing the situation in an effort to keep the area safe for all residents and visitors to the city. Malka wrestled with the man for several seconds as he stabbed her multiple times before other officers saw what was happening and opened fire, killing him, police said. It said 350 people were arrested. The Israeli soldiers accompanied by an engineering team raided the houses belonging to the families of the three attackers and surveyed them.

The attacks occurred simultaneously in two areas near the Damascus gate of Jerusalem's walled old city.

Fuel for the small plant ran out two months ago, and a resumption of operations could give Gazans power for eight hours a day, about twice what they have now.

On Saturday, almost 350 Palestinians from the West Bank were sent back, according to Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri.

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

At least 252 Palestinians and one Jordanian citizen have also been killed since the violence started.

Daesh terrorist group had claimed responsibility for the attacks before Palestinian groups Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) confirmed in separate statements that the three Palestinians were group activists and had no connection with Daesh. The Old City in annexed east Jerusalem is one of the focal points of the wave of violence.

"Instead of condemning the attack, Fatah - which is headed by Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas] - issued a statement in which it condemned the Border Police fighters who killed the terrorists, and praised the murderers as heroes".

Israel's Shin Bet security agency said the three slain Palestinians were 18 or 19 years old.

It was the first attack in Israel or the Israeli-occupied West Bank claimed by Islamic State.

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.