IS claims responsibility for fatal stabbing of Israeli policewoman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today accused the Palestinian president's party of praising Palestinians who killed an Israeli policewoman, calling for an end to payments to the families of attackers.

Three Israeli security personnel and two civilians were injured.

The officer was identified as Chief Sergeant Hadas Malka, a 23-year-old resident of the community of Azar in southern Israel, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. At the other, a Palestinian fatally stabbed a border policewoman before being shot dead by police.

"During Ramadan there are large numbers of (Palestinian) youths who enter without permits, they take advantage of Ramadan to be in Jerusalem", Halevy told media at the scene of the attack. The third terrorist's gun jammed.

Malka was in formation with other officers when two Palestinians, one with a knife and the other with a sub-machine gun, attacked a different group of officers.

Police alleged that the Palestinians shot dead were the assailants and from the West Bank area and.

Two of the men killed were said to be 18-year-old from al-Bireh, near Ramallah, while the third suspect was a 31-year-old from Hebron. Two of those wounded were Palestinians from east Jerusalem. Israel blames the violence on incitement by the Palestinian leadership.

The Islamist movement Hamas condemned the shooting of the perpetrators as a "crime by the occupation".

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

A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 272 Palestinians, 42 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP tally.

Meanwhile nearby, Palestinians fired at officers with an automatic weapon and attacked them with knives before officers returned fire, killing them.

The Islamic State has launched its first attack in Jerusalem, with the claim of responsibility nearly immediately following an attack that left one Israeli police officer dead.