Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem

Danny Woods
June 19, 2017

The injured officer, named as 23-year-old Hadas Malka by police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, died from her wounds after being taken to Hadassah Hospital's Mount Scopus campus. At the other, a Palestinian fatally stabbed a border policewoman before being shot dead by police.

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

Israel identified a lot of them as attackers.

Israel had eased restrictions on the entrance of Palestinians from the West Bank for Ramadan.

Pandemonium broke out shortly after Friday's attacks as police pushed hundreds of people out of the Old City to clear the scene.

The Palestinian health ministry said it had been officially informed that three Palestinians had been killed in Friday's incident in nearby locations close to Damascus Gate.

The Shin Bet internal security agency identified the three perpetrators as Braa Salah and Asama Atta, both born in 1998, and Adel Ankush, born the following year.

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The area around Damascus Gate was sealed off in the hours after the attack - with a few youths throwing fireworks at security forces - while heavily armed polce were patrolling throughout the Old City, an AFP reporter said. All three had previously been involved in terror activities and all of them hailed from the West Bank.

At one scene, two Palestinians were shot dead after opening fire at and trying to stab a group of Israeli police officers, police said.

The Islamist movement Hamas condemned the shooting of the perpetrators as a "crime by the occupation".

The incidents were the latest in a wave of violence that have claimed the lives of at least 246 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Jordanian tourists, two USA nationals, two refugees from Sudan and Eritrea, and a British tourist since mid-September 2015.

Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders.

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