Israel revokes Ramadan goodwill gestures to Palestinians after attack on policewoman

Israel PM says he has revoked visitation rights for Palestinians that were approved for the holy month of Ramadan following a deadly attack on an Israeli servicewoman

AP June 18, 2017 16:25:52 IST
Israel revokes Ramadan goodwill gestures to Palestinians after attack on policewoman

Jerusalem: Israel's prime minister says he has revoked visitation rights for Palestinians that were approved for the holy month of Ramadan following a deadly attack on an Israeli servicewoman.

Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that preparations are underway to destroy the homes of the attackers and tighten security at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Three Palestinians armed with knives and an automatic weapon carried out near simultaneous attacks at two locations Friday night. Police Staff Sergeant Major Hadas Malka, 23, was stabbed to death.

At his weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu lashed out at Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for not condemning the attack.

Israel had previously announced a series of goodwill measures for Ramadan that included access for 100 Gaza residents to attend prayers at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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