Mahmoud Abbas leads Palestinian National Council
Mahmoud Abbas leads Palestinian National Council STR/Flash 90

The Palestinian Authority denounced "Israeli escalation" on Sunday after the Israel temporarily banned Palestinians from entering Jerusalem's Old City following terrorists attacks that killed two people and wounded a child.

"The Palestinian government denounces the Israeli escalation policy by Israeli occupation authorities against our people in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank," it said in a statement after the imposition of the two-day ban.

On Saturday night, an Islamist terrorist 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.

In a separate incident early Sunday, another terrorist stabbed and wounded a 15-year-old boy in Jerusalem near Damascus Gate before being shot dead by police.  

The attacks came with Israeli security forces already on alert after recent Muslim violence in and around the Old City, as well as the murder in Samaria of a Jewish couple in front of their young children.

Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were murdered by a terror cell affiliated with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah organization.

The restrictions on the Old City only allow access to Israelis, tourists, residents of the area, business owners and students, police said.

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