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Palestinians deny IS claim for deadly attack on Israeli

19 June 2017

An Israeli policewoman was stabbed and killed in an attack outside Jerusalem's Old City and security forces shot dead three suspected Palestinian assailants, police said. Family members of the attackers said they were deeply religious men who acted on their own.

Hamas also claimed responsibility for the two attacks. It was the first attack in Israel or the Israeli-occupied West Bank claimed by Islamic State.

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

Police shot and killed the three attackers, armed with semi-automatic weapons and knives.

On June 16, Globe and Mail editors published an Associated Press report where its editors wrote the following headline: "Three Palestinians killed after attack on Israeli officers". "There are great differences and conflicts between Daesh and Hamas".

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The police and the soldiers fired many live rounds, killing the three Palestinians, and wounding two Palestinian bystanders; one suffered a moderate injury, and the other was mildly wounded. Police Staff Sgt. Maj.

The move comes days after a 23-year-old Israeli border policewoman was fatally stabbed outside Jerusalem's Old City.

According to Rosenfeld, 350 Palestinians were arrested before sundown on Saturday alone.

"The claim by the Islamic State group is an attempt to muddy the waters", said Sami Abou Zouhri, spokesman for the Islamist movement which runs the Gaza strip. The group opposes any peace talks with Israel and calls for liberating Palestinian territories by force, but their violent attacks are very rare and mostly carried out by individuals. The attackers were 18 and 19 years old.

COGAT said the visiting permits were canceled but the prayer permits remain unchanged.

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The three would meet regularly in Ankoush's basement with its frayed painting, broken windows and a few plastic chairs.

"I am appalled that once again some find it appropriate to justify such attacks as "heroic", Mladenov said in a statement.

Furthermore, Israeli forces raided, searched and damaged the contents of dozens of houses belonging to relatives of the attackers and confiscated permits they had to Israel.

Netanyahu noted the several steps taken by the Jerusalem government to prevent further attacks, including preparing to demolish the terrorists' homes, the revoking of Palestinian visits in Israel previously approved for the Muslim month of Ramadan, and police reinforcement of security arrangements and checking procedures in the plaza around the Damascus Gate, where the attack occurred.

Forty-two Israelis have been killed in knife, gun and car-ramming attacks by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs since October 2015.

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The Times of Israel said, though, that "Israeli officials cast doubt on both claims, saying there was no indication of ISIS involvement, and that the attack did not appear to have been directed by any group".