Violence struck again at around 4 a.m. on Sunday when a Palestinian from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya stabbed and wounded a 15-year-old Jewish boy on a road outside the Old City, according to the police.
Officers shot dead both attackers, a police spokesman said, and Israel’s government announced it was barring Palestinians from entering the ancient district for two days, apart from people who lived there.
Netanyahu said he instructed ministers on steps “to prevent terror and deter and punish the attackers”.
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Ban said he was “deeply troubled” by statements from Palestinian militants, including Hamas praise for the attacks.
“Netanyahu is trying to have his own “Defensive Shield” by sealing off Jerusalem and closing off the entire West Bank, while the world is looking elsewhere in the region”.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his security officials for consultations.
Earlier, news organisation Al Jazeera apologised for a tweet sent out following the murders which said: “Palestinian shot dead after fatal stabbing in Jerusalem; 2 Israeli victims also killed“.
A Bethlehem hospital identified the boy as Abdel-Rahman Abeidallah of the nearby al-Aidah refugee camp, and said he had died of a bullet wound to the heart.
The Israeli military said she attacked a soldier with a knife, an account disputed by Palestinian sources.
“Palestine has witnessed an alarming and deliberate escalation by Israel, particularly at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem’s Old City“, Hanan Ashrawi, a leading member of Abbas’ Palestinian Liberation Organization, said in a Sunday statement.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned of a unsafe escalation in Jerusalem and the West Bank following the attacks.
The clashes have reportedly been escalating over the past few weeks as Palestinians shut themselves inside the Al-Aqsa mosque, blocking all entrances while throwing stones, firebombs and fireworks at police. Even Muslim men below 50 years old can not enter to attend prayers in the holy city or Noble Sanctuary.
Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank have been hit by a new wave of violence, raising fears of events spinning out of control.
The stabbings were the latest in a series of deadly Palestinian attacks. Peace talks collapsed in 2014. Photos of the shooting at the checkpoint later emerge, raising questions over the Israeli military’s account, but authorities stand by their version of events.
Another three Israelis, one a two-year-old child, were wounded in the two separate attacks.