Israel considers increasing security at Damascus Gate after deadly attack

Israeli policemen secure the scene of the attack outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City

WAFA has identified three Palestinian men - Bara Ibrahim Atta, 18, Usama Ahmad Atta, 19, and Adel Ankoush, 18 - as the Jerusalem attackers, who were shot dead by Israeli forces outside Jerusalem's Old City wall.

A 20 year-old Israeli border guard is in critical condition in a Jerusalem hospital, and several civilians are injured after two simultaneous knife and gun assaults in the historic city center.

Police shot and killed the three attackers, armed with semi-automatic weapons and knives. Other officers opened fire, killing the attacker.

Medics said four people besides the officer were wounded in the incident, two of them moderately and two lightly.

More than 240 Palestinians - majority attackers, Israel says - have also been killed in that period.

"The three hero martyrs who executed the Jerusalem operation have no connection to Daesh, they are affiliated with the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) and Hamas", Hamas' Izzat El-Reshiq wrote on Twitter.

A large number of police officers reported for duty at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate this morning, two days after a policewoman was murdered in a terror attack.

A Palestinian from the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, initially thought to be a fourth assailant and was shot and wounded, turned out to be an innocent passerby, Israeli police said.

Israeli border police arrest a Palestinian during clashes in the West Bank village of Deir Abu Mash'al near Ramallah, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

"Let the Jews watch for the demise of their state at the hands of the soldiers of the Caliphate", the statement said.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said last week that Israel is not seeking a military escalation with Hamas, after a Cabinet decision to reduce electricity supplies to Gaza due to non-payment.

The Tel Aviv regime has tried to change the demographic makeup of Jerusalem al-Quds over the past decades by constructing settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population. In that time, some 250 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire.

The day before, Israeli forces had raided all the shops in the Jerusalem area, forcing them to shut down during Iftar time, when Muslims observing Ramadan break their fast.

Contacted by The Times of Israel on Sunday, senior U.S. officials said Washington had "repeatedly" expressed its concerns over the payments to Abbas and was pressuring him to end them. "The payments made by the Palestinian Authority to terrorists and their families encourage heinous attacks like we saw today", Israel's ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said.

Palestinian officials reject the accusation and say the violence stems from anger over Israeli occupation of land sought by Palestinians.

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