Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered on Friday evening the cancellation of entry permits given to Palestinian Arabs residing in Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria to visit their relatives in Israel.
Entry permits to Palestinian Arabs who wish to attend Ramadan prayers in mosques were not revoked.
Netanyahu’s decision was made following a consultation with Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh and other security officials, in the wake of Friday’s attack in Jerusalem in which 23-year-old Border Police officer Hadas Malka was murdered.
Friday’s attack, in the Old City, occurred at around 7:30 p.m. , when two terrorists armed with knives and rifles attacked people at Zedekiah's Cave. They were neutralized by security forces.
A third terrorist stabbed Malka, who was stationed at the Damascus Gate. He, too, was neutralized by security forces.
Malka, who suffered critical injuries, was evacuated to the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, where she later succumbed to her wounds. The other victims were taken to the Shaarei Tzedek Hospital.
Later on Friday, IDF troops encircled the Palestinian Arab village of Deir Abu Mash'al, from which the three terrorists arrived.
The terrorists are reportedly aged 18 and 19 and, according to Channel 2 News, two of them had been in the past arrested by Israel on suspicion of terrorist activity.
Hamas on Friday evening hailed the attack in Jerusalem, though it stopped short of claiming responsibility for it.
"The attack in Jerusalem is renewed proof of the continued revolution of the people against the occupier, and that the intifada continues until full freedom is attained," the organization said in a statement.
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