ISIS Claims Responsibility for Deadly Friday Night Jerusalem Attack

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Deadly Friday Night Jerusalem Attack

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Deadly Friday Night Jerusalem Attack

Palestinian terrorists have denied a claim by Islamic State that the group was behind a deadly attack against Israel, saying it was them who killed a female police officer on duty near Jerusalem's Old City, not ISIS terrorists.

Israeli authorities said on Saturday they had found no evidence of Islamic State involvement in attacks by three Palestinians that killed an Israeli policewoman, despite the group's claim of responsibility. However, Hamas condemned IS's claim, stating that the three Palestinians were operatives of Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian, both of which groups also took credit for the attack.

The Israeli security services also raised doubts about the veracity of the IS claim, its first for an attack in Jerusalem or inside Israel, which came with the group facing defeat in their Iraq and Syria bastions. On Saturday, an Israeli officer said the army believes the attackers were a "local" organization without links to IS or Hamas.

"There are no indications that the act was directed or influenced by a particular organization", it added.

Israeli security forces are reevaluating security measures in Jerusalem's Old City and are working to develop a new security plan for the area, according to the Times of Israel.

A wave of Palestinian street attacks began in October 2015 but has since slowed.

The Israeli army said the assailants appeared to have acted independently, like numerous attackers in unrest that has rocked Israel and the occupied territories since October 2015.

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Many have taken place in the vicinity of Damascus Gate. Israel says at least 170 of those killed were carrying out attacks.

Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, stated earlier that he was appalled by the Palestinian statement.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded by social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks.

More so, Israeli authorities have transformed Jerusalem to a military garrison and raided the Ramallah village known as Deir Abu Mash'al, where the three perpetrators were based.

On Saturday, almost 350 Palestinians from the West Bank were sent back, according to Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri.

Al-Quds said Israel imposed collective punishment on the Palestinians following the incident and canceled all permits that allow Palestinians to enter Israel during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr that follows.

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