Jerusalem: Israeli Stabbed to Death, 3 Palestinian Assailants Shot Dead

Published June 17th, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
Israeli forensic police check the body of a suspected Palestinian assailant outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on June 16, 2017 following an attack. (Thomas Coex/AFP)
Israeli forensic police check the body of a suspected Palestinian assailant outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on June 16, 2017 following an attack. (Thomas Coex/AFP)

Israeli police reported on Friday evening that an attack took place outside the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, saying that one Israeli police officer was critically injured and later succumbed to her wounds, while the three attackers -- who police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld referred to as "Arab terrorists" -- were shot dead.

Israeli news daily Haaretz reported all three Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli police at the scene.Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that the Israeli police officer, a 23-year old woman named Hadas Malka, succumbed to her wounds after being stabbed by one of the attackers, while a number of others were injured in the attack.
 
According to Rosenfeld, the attackers used knives and an automatic weapon. Israeli news outlet Ynet reported that the three Palestinians had carried out simultaneous stabbing and shooting attacks in two different areas near Damascus Gate.
 
Al-Samri said two of the Palestinians, aged 18 and 19, were from the Ramallah-area villages of Deir Abu Mashal and Shuqba in the central occupied West Bank, and the third was a 30-year-old resident of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. However, reports later emerged that the three Palestinian attackers were all from the village of Deir Abu Mashal in Ramallah, while the Palestinian from Hebron was a bystander who was injured during the incident and taken to a hospital for treatment. 
 
Rosenfeld reported that following the attack, police units implemented heightened security measures in the area -- which had already seen an increased police presence earlier in the day for the third Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, as thousands of Palestinians from across Israel and the occupied West Bank travelled to Jerusalem to perform prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque.

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