Israeli officer stabbed, three attackers shot in Jerusalem

An Israeli policewoman was stabbed and critically wounded in an attack outside Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, Israeli police said, with security forces shooting dead three suspected Palestinian assailants.

Israeli border policewoman Hadas Malka, stabbed to death outside Jerusalem's Old City on 16th June 2017.

Hamas and the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said on Friday that the three attackers were members of there groups, Reuters reported.

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The attack took place as Muslims were marking the end of the third Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan, during which tens of thousands of Palestinians from east Jerusalem and the West Bank attended prayers at the nearby Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third-holiest site. In that time, some 250 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire.

Others were shot dead during protests or clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the besieged Gaza Strip.

It was the latest bloodshed in a wave of Palestinian attacks on civilians and soldiers that erupted in 2015.

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However, as many have pointed out, 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth II managed to visit with some of the people affected overnight. Amongst the dead was artist Khadija Saye, whose photography is now being exhibited at the Vienna Biennale.

The Israeli occupation forces have also detained three Palestinians in the West Bank's Hebron, as well as a 23-year-old who allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack on an Israeli settler near the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion to the south of Bethlehem, WAFA said.

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.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders.

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Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule in territory they claim for their state.

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