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Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a female officer in her 20s was critically wounded in the attack Friday evening.

A 20 year-old Israeli border guard is in critical condition in a Jerusalem hospital, and several civilians are injured after two simultaneous knife and gun assaults in the historic city center. She was identified as Hadas Malka, 23, a staff sergeant major. Some reports said the gun used by the attackers jammed, preventing further casualties.

Israeli police have shot dead three Palestinians after two separate attacks on security forces outside the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, officials said. All are from the West Bank.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank were given permits by Israeli authorities to enter occupied East Jerusalem on Friday for Ramadan prayers. One of the injured is 40-year-old Palestinian man.

The second attack reportedly occurred near Zedekiah's Cave, located in the Muslim quarter of the Old City.

Palestinian media named the attackers as Adel Ankush, 18, from a village near Ramallah, Bra'a Salah, 18, from the same village, and Amar Bedui, 31 from Hebron. Two people are reported to have been "lightly injured" in the incident, and one is being treated for shock.

The Islamist movement Hamas that rules the Gaza Strip condemned the shooting of the Palestinians as a "crime by the occupation". During the attack, the police officer was killed and others were wounded, according to IS.

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.

The Islamic State, in an online statement, today said three IS fighters had targeted "a gathering of Jews" in an operation yesterday during which the three attackers were killed by Israeli police.

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