Three Palestinians Carry Out Knife-and-gun Attack in Jerusalem, Policewoman Killed

All three assailants shot dead ■ Attack took place outside Old City, in two separate scenes near Damascus Gate

Israeli policemen secure the scene of the shooting and stabbing attack outside Damascus gate in Jerusalem's old city June 16, 2017.
Israeli policemen secure the scene of the shooting and stabbing attack outside Damascus gate in Jerusalem's old city June 16, 2017. Reuters / Ammar Awad

Three Palestinian assailants armed with guns and knives carried out an attack Friday night in Jerusalem that killed one Border Policewoman and left a number of people wounded.

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The officer, Hadas Malka, 23, was critically stabbed while attempting to reach for her gun, according to Israel's Police, and later succumbed to her wounds.

Israeli border guards stand outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City following the attack, June 16, 2017.
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All three attackers were shot dead by officers at the scene.

The attack unfolded along Sultan Suleiman Street, near Damascus Gate in the Old City. At one scene, two of the attackers were shot and killed after assaulting police officers with knives and guns. At the other, an attacker was shot dead after stabbing a border policewoman, critically wounding her.

The scene adjacent to Herod's Gate of Jerusalem's Old City, June 16, 2017.
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Another officer was lightly wounded in the attack. Both were evacuated to Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem for treatment, where the female officer died of her wounds.

According to the police, two Palestinian bystanders were wounded in the shootout, one moderately and one lightly.

Israeli police search a Palestinian man outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on June 16, 2017, following the attack
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Israel's Channel 10 News reported that the assailants homemade Carl Gustav submachine gun jammed during the attack. 

The attackers have been identified as As'ama Ata, 19,  Adel Ankush, 18, Bra’a Salah, 17, from the West Bank village of Deir Abu-Mash'al, according to the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, which added that the three were previously involved in "popular terrorism."

Jerusalem District's Police Commander Yoram Halevy said all three attackers were residents of the West Bank, and noted that some of them had permits to enter Israel. He added that there were no specific alerts before the attack. "However we know what Jerusalem is. We are in the Ramadan period and we do not act according to alerts, we are on one big alert all the time," he said.

According to Halevy, over 180,000 people had arrived in Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers, and suggested that the attack may well have ramifications on their ability to continue to do so. 

Jerusalem Police noted that Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, was unusually calm this year, after previous holidays had been marred by terror attacks and clashes between Palestinians and police. For the first time this Ramadan, Israel allowed buses of women and children from the West Bank into Jerusalem for Friday's prayers.