The left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Hamas movement have both claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, as the PFLP called the slain Palestinian attackers “heroes” of the Palestinian people, according to a statement released by the group on Saturday.
PFLP, Hamas claim responsibility over deadly Jerusalem attack
Maan news reported that all three of the Palestinians, who were armed with knives and an automatic weapon, were shot dead by Israeli police on the scene near Damascus Gate of the Old City in Jerusalem. A 23-year-old Israeli police officer was killed in the attack, while a number of other bystanders were injured.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the slain attackers as Adel Hasan Ahmad Ankoush,18, Baraa Ibrahim Salih Taha, 18, and Osama Ahmad Dahdouh, 19.
While Israeli media reported that the so-called Islamic State had taken credit for the attack, Hamas denied the claims, and said that crediting the group for the attack was an attempt at confusing the situation. Hamas’ statement confirmed that one of the attackers was a member of its movement, while the other two were members of the PFLP.