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Palestinians reject ISIL claim of Jerusalem attacks

To complicate matters the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the stabbing.The attack was carried out by “two Palestinians from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a third from Hamas”, he said.Now, in an online statement, ISIS said its jihadist fighters had targeted a “gathering of Jews” and warned “this attack will not be the last”.Israel says Palestinian incitement has fuelled the attacks.The combined shooting and stabbing attack took place around 7:30 Friday evening despite beefed up security in the Old City on the third Friday of Ramadan.An Israeli border policewoman died from her wounds early on Saturday morning after being stabbed in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday night.According to officer, two assailants opened fire on a group of officers who returned fire, and a third stabbed the border female officer a short distance away before being shot.Israeli security services have occasionally announced arrests of small cells said to be affiliated with IS, and the army has tracked the group’s forces on the Syrian and Egyptian border, but the organisation has thus far not claimed a fatal attack against Israelis from the West Bank.It described the attack as “revenge for God’s religion and for the violated sanctities of Muslims”.In 2016 Israeli authorities rescinded the permits of 83,000 Palestinians during Ramadan after four Israelis were killed and 16 wounded in a Tel Aviv shooting spree carried out by two Palestinians from the West Bank. “Hamas wants to clarify that it is involved in a national battle of the Palestinian people with the “Zionist” occupier and it is in its interest to present it as such”.Additionally, several roadblocks leading to the east Jerusalem entrance to the Old City have been set up to help police monitor all suspicious activity.Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevy identified the three perpetrators as Palestinians from the West Bank.Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and security personnel have increased since 2015, although the pace of the once daily attacks had slowed lately. It was the first attack in Israel or the Israeli-occupied West Bank claimed by Islamic State.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday accused the Palestinian president’s party of praising Palestinians who killed a policewoman, calling for an end to payments to the families of attackers. “I am appalled that once again some find it appropriate to justify such attacks as ‘heroic.’ They are unacceptable and seek to drag everyone into a new cycle of violence”, he said.