Policewoman Killed in Terror Attack at Jerusalem's Old City

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

Israeli police said a female officer in her 20s was critically wounded after the attack and was taken to hospital.

The Israeli police relaxed its open-fire regulations in December 2015, permitting officers to open fire with live ammunition on those throwing stones or firebombs as an initial option, without having to use non-lethal weapons first.

Medics said two other people were moderately wounded in the attack, and a further two lightly wounded.

Compensation payments to the families of "martyrs" who die carrying out attacks on Israelis are one of the sticking points in the moribund Middle East peace process.

Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevy identified the three attackers as Palestinians from the West Bank.

Netanyahu, however, did not revoke the permission given to Palestinian men aged over 40 from the West Bank to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers, police said.

During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Israeli restrictions have been eased for Palestinians from the West Bank to travel to Jerusalem. The third was said to be a 30-year-old resident of Hebron.

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Tailored bereavement support for families of the victims, those missing or people affected by the tragedy will also be provided. More than 200 firefighters and 40 fire trucks were involved in operations to douse the blaze, which last for several hours.

The Shin Bet internal security agency identified the three perpetrators as Braa Salah and Asama Atta, both born in 1998, and Adel Ankush, born the following year.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today accused the Palestinian president's party of praising Palestinians who killed an Israeli policewoman, calling for an end to payments to the families of attackers. The Palestinian leadership has blamed frustration rooted in decades of Israeli occupation.

The group warned that "this attack will not be the last".

A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 272 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP tally.

Israeli authorities, meanwhile, say nearly 50 Israelis have been killed in attacks carried out by Palestinians over the same period.

Israeli police shot dead two Palestinians - believed to be teenagers - in East Jerusalem, while a policewoman was stabbed to death in a seperate incident in the city.

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