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Israelis killed in Jerusalem, Palestinians banned from Old City Israelis killed in Jerusalem, Palestinians banned from Old City
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Two Israelis have been killed and three injured in separate attacks in Jerusalem by Palestinians who were then shot dead by police.Two Israelis have been killed and three injured in separate attacks in Jerusalem by Palestinians who were then shot dead by police.
Police have now banned Palestinians from East Jerusalem from entering the Old City for two days.Police have now banned Palestinians from East Jerusalem from entering the Old City for two days.
The latest violence comes two days after an Israeli couple were shot dead in the West Bank.The latest violence comes two days after an Israeli couple were shot dead in the West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to hold emergency talks with security officials on Sunday.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to hold emergency talks with security officials on Sunday.
The restrictions will stop Palestinians from entering the Old City unless they live there. But Israelis, local business owners and schoolchildren will be allowed in.The restrictions will stop Palestinians from entering the Old City unless they live there. But Israelis, local business owners and schoolchildren will be allowed in.
The first stabbing incident took place on Saturday. just after the end of the Jewish Sabbath, close to Lion's Gate in the Old City. The first stabbing incident took place on Saturday evening, just after the end of the Jewish Sabbath, close to Lion's Gate in the Old City.
The victims were said to have been passing near the entrance of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, en route to the Western Wall. The two Israelis killed were Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, 41, a resident of the Old City, as well as 21-year-old Aharon Bennett who lives in a West Bank settlement.
Jerusalem police chief Moshe Edri said a Palestinian man had "stabbed an Israeli man, his wife and the toddler" several times in an alleyway before stabbing another man. The Palestinian man - named as Mohammad Halabi, a 19-year-old law student from a village near Ramallah in the West Bank - attacked Mr Bennett, his wife, their two-year-old son and baby daughter who were on their way to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, the Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement.
Both Israeli men had died of their wounds, he said, adding that the mother and the child had suffered serious injuries. Rabbi Lavi, a reserve officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was killed as he tried to defend the family, the ministry said.
'Explosive situation' Mr Bennett's wife was seriously wounded, while their son suffered minor injuries and their baby was unharmed, it added.‚Äč
Tensions flare
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the Palestinian attacker had taken a gun from one of the wounded men and opened fire at police and tourists. He was then shot and killed by an Israeli police officer who had rushed to the scene.Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the Palestinian attacker had taken a gun from one of the wounded men and opened fire at police and tourists. He was then shot and killed by an Israeli police officer who had rushed to the scene.
Police later identified the attacker as a 19-year-old from al-Bireh, near Ramallah in the West Bank. The militant group Islamic Jihad issued a statement claiming him as one of its members.Police later identified the attacker as a 19-year-old from al-Bireh, near Ramallah in the West Bank. The militant group Islamic Jihad issued a statement claiming him as one of its members.
In the second incident, the Palestinian man stabbed the teenager on a street in West Jerusalem in the early hours of Sunday. The attacker was also shot dead by police, similar to the earlier incident on Sunday. In the second incident, a Palestinian teenager stabbed an Israeli teenager on a street in West Jerusalem in the early hours of Sunday. The attacker was also shot dead by police, similar to the earlier incident on Sunday.
There has been a recent flare-up in tensions between Israel and Palestinians, with violent confrontations between security forces and Palestinian youths in a compound holy to both Jews and Muslims in East Jerusalem.There has been a recent flare-up in tensions between Israel and Palestinians, with violent confrontations between security forces and Palestinian youths in a compound holy to both Jews and Muslims in East Jerusalem.
Earlier this week, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Assembly that Israel risked creating "an explosive situation" in Jerusalem and the West Bank with its use of "brutal force".
In his address to the UN chamber on Thursday, Mr Netanyahu called on Mr Abbas to "stop spreading lies" and return to peace talks.