Israel: Palestinian militant factions deny Islamic State claim of Jerusalem shooting incident
Palestinian militant factions have today denied a claim by the Islamic state that three Palestinian men who led a fatal shootout stroke and stroke strokes in Jerusalem were members of the militant group.
The Islamic state took responsibility for Friday’s attack in which one Israeli policeman was killed and another wounded, according to the QAMA news agency.
Israeli security officials did not immediately respond to requests for comments on what the SITE tracking group described as the first time the Islamic state had claimed an attack on a territory controlled by Israel or affiliated with the attackers.
However, a senior Hamas official, the Islamist group that governs Gaza and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), said the three attackers, all of whom died on the spot, were its own members.
“The three martyr heroes who carried out the operation in Jerusalem have no relationship with Daesh (Islamic State), which are associated with the PFLP and Hamas,” Hamas “Izzat al-Reshiq said on Twitter.
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The PFLP issued a statement identifying two of the attackers as members. “The FPLP press office army army cries two of its heroic comrades, two released prisoners,” he said.
Israeli police said Friday that all of the attackers were from Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank. Two attackers, both from Ramallah, were between 18 and 19 years old and the third was 30 years old from Hebron, police spokeswoman Luba Simri said.
The attacks took place simultaneously in two areas near the Damascus gate of the ancient walled city of Jerusalem.
Two Palestinians were shot dead after they opened fire and tried to beat a group of Israeli police in a scene, police said. In the other, a Palestinian policeman mortally wounded the border before being shot down by the police.
A wave of attacks by Palestinian streets began in October 2015, but has since declined. Israel accuses the incitement of violence by the Palestinian leadership.
The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited autonomy in the West Bank denies it and says the assailants acted out of the desperation of the Israeli occupation of land sought by the Palestinians for a state.
Peace talks between the two countries erupted in 2014. Palestinians want to establish an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.