Palestinians shot dead for Israeli police stabbing were not IS, says Hamas


JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel revoked on Sunday the permits of 200,000 Palestinians to enter Israel that were approved for the holy month of Ramadan following two near simultaneous Palestinian attacks on police that killed a young female officer near Jerusalem's Old City.

Following an outcry from everyone from the Foreign Ministry to US President Donald Trump's son over an initial headline on Friday that read, "Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem", the news organization changed the headline to, "Israeli police woman stabbed to death in Jerusalem".

It was reported to be the first attack in Israel that the the Islamic State had claimed.

Israeli police have shot dead three Palestinians after a deadly knife attack outside the Old City of Jerusalem, in which a policewoman died.

Hours after the attack, the group announced that "soldiers of the caliphate" had launched the "blessed operation. on a gathering of Jews" and said it would attack again.

But Hamas denied this. The Israeli military raided the village Saturday, imposing a closure, but officials also said Friday night's attacks were carried out by local individuals without a formal link to any group.

Of those, at least 170 were carrying out attacks, Israel says.

Dozens of Palestinians were injured early Saturday in clashes with Israeli forces in Deir Abu Meshaal village in the northern the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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Hamas said one of the attackers belonged to the Islamist Hamas movement and two others to the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, both domestic Palestinian groups.

Two Palestinians were shot dead after opening fire at and trying to stab a group of Israeli police officers at one scene, police said. Numerous recent Palestinian attacks in Jerusalem took place in this area.

Damascus Gate is adjacent to the wall of the East Jerusalem's Old City, a busy area with predominate Palestinian presence. Two of them were Palestinians from east Jerusalem.

Israel previously had allowed permits for Palestinians from the West Bank to make family visits and had also given access for 100 Gaza residents to attend prayers at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Since September 2015, Palestinian assailants have killed 42 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British student, mainly in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks.

Israeli figures pointed the blame at Palestinian leaders.

Update: The soldiers broke into, and violently searched the homes of the three Palestinians, who were killed in Jerusalem, friday, and verbally informed the families that the army will be demolishing their homes soon.