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Israeli female police officer stabbed to death in Jerusalem attack

Three suspected Palestinian attackers were shot dead by security forces, Israeli police said Friday.A short distance away, two Palestinians opened fire and tried to stab a group of Israeli police officers.The funeral at a military cemetery in Ashdod began just after midnight on Sunday morning, about 24 hours after she died of her wounds sustained during the Friday night attack near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.Israel’s Shin Bet security service said all three men had been arrested previously for extremist activity related to Palestinian groups.The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group yesterday claimed responsibility for an attack in Jerusalem for the first time, saying it was involved in the fatal stabbing of an Israeli policewoman outside the walled Old City.Hamas’ Izzat El-Reshiq wrote on Twitter: “The three hero martyrs who executed the Jerusalem operation have no connection to Daesh, they are affiliated with the PFLP and Hamas”.Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.Following the attack, the Israeli army raided Deir Abu Mashal, the village near Ramallah the three perpetrators hailed from, sealing off its entrances and mapping out the homes of the three for demolition.Saturday was the first time IS had claimed an attack inside Israel or annexed east Jerusalem.Israel and its supporters have long complained about biased and misleading headlines on stories in the press overseas about terrorist attacks in Israel.The trio were all shot dead at the scene.Israeli security officials were baffled about how to prevent the knife attacks because, unlike suicide bomber vests, a knife can easily and openly be carried from place to place and wielded at a moment’s notice. A attempt to undermine Palestinian and Arab rights to their holy sites and to Jerusalem will face strong and firm rebuke.”It was a local cell”, Ms Simri said.Since September 2015, Palestinian assailants have killed 43 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British student, mainly in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks.The jihadist group has a major presence across Israel’s southern border in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, from where it has claimed several rocket attacks from into Israel.On Saturday, Israeli police rounded up over 350 Palestinians in Jerusalem in a mass crackdown on undocumented workers, a police spokesman said.Israeli authorities also revoked the permits of family members of the three Palestinians who committed the attack, including long term work permits.Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded by social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks.