Israeli border policemen aim to fire tear gas during a confrontation with Palestinians after Friday prays outside the Old City in Jerusalem Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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Israel took the rare and drastic step of barring Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday as tensions mounted following attacks that killed two Israelis and wounded a child.Some 300,000 Palestinians live in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, where the Old City is located.The attacks late Saturday and early Sunday came with Israeli security forces already on alert after recent clashes at the Al-Aqsa compound and surrounding Old City, as well as the murder in the West Bank of a Jewish settler couple in front of their young children.On Saturday night, a Palestinian said to be an Islamist militant killed two Israeli men and wounded a woman and a toddler in a knife and gun attack in the Old City. Police shot dead the attacker.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to return from the United States on Sunday and hold consultations with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. His security cabinet is also to meet on Monday, after the end of the Jewish Sukkot holiday, Israeli media reported.
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