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Three Palestinians shot dead after killing Israeli officer

Three Palestinians shot dead after killing Israeli officer

Maqdisi is an Arabic term for a Palestinian Jerusalemite.

"Let the Jews watch for the demise of their state at the hands of the soldiers of the Caliphate", the statement said. The attack "will not be the last", it added. It was the first time that the organization took responsibility for a terror attack inside Israel, a target which the group warned it will "wipe out".

Mashal said that the Palestinian Civil Affairs Office, managed to enable 41 high school students to leave the village, after coordinating with the Israeli District Coordination Office, to allow the students to attend their final exams.

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

However, Hamas condemned IS's claim, stating that the three Palestinians were operatives of Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian, both of which groups also took credit for the attack.

It also mentioned that the two young Palestinians had been jailed in Israeli prisons before. He said it was a move to "confuse the media and distort the reputation of the Palestinian resistance".

Nearly immediately, Hamas rejected the Islamic State claim and said one of the attackers belonged to Hamas, and two others to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, both domestic Palestinian groups.

A spokesman for Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency said it was "impossible to corroborate (the IS claim) at this point". Adel Ankoush was training to be a plumber, while the other two were unemployed.

For the second year in a row in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, a group of Palestinian volunteers offered free rides for worshippers travelling to the Qalandiya military checkpoint - which separates Ramallah and Jerusalem - heading to the Al-Aqsa mosque for Friday prayers in occupied East Jerusalem. Israel blames the violence on incitement by the Palestinian leadership.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the Palestinian Authority to halt payments to the families of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Palestinian Authority had agreed to halt payments to the families of slain attackers, including suicide bombers. In that time, about 250 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire. The group said it had "no links outside Palestine", and justified the attack "in defense of our Jerusalem".

The violence came as Muslims marked the third Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.

The three were identified by police as two men aged 18 or 19 and another man, all from the West Bank. The president vowed Israel "will prosecute all those who aid terrorists, wherever they may be".