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Palestinians killed by Israeli police in Jerusalem

19 June 2017

The injured officer, named as 23-year-old Hadas Malka by police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, died from her wounds after being taken to Hadassah Hospital's Mount Scopus campus.

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. The third terrorist's gun jammed.

At least three other people were injured in the attacks, two of them Palestinian bystanders who were hit by gunfire, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.

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

Large numbers of heavily armed security forces were patrolling throughout the Old City, an AFP reporter said.

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Israel said it had eased restrictions on the entrance of Palestinians from the West Bank for Ramadan. The third was said to be a 30-year-old resident of Hebron.

Israeli security service Shin Bet listed the three attackers as Adel Ankush, Bra'a Salah and Asama Ahmed.

Police said the three were killed. Two of those wounded were Palestinians from east Jerusalem.

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

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

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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.

The Islamist movement Hamas that rules the Gaza Strip condemned the shooting of the Palestinians as a "crime by the occupation".

Since October 2015, more than 285 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli police during - or immediately after - alleged attacks on Israelis or in clashes with Israeli security forces, according to Palestinian figures.

Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

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