JERUSALEM, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Israel has banned East Jerusalem Palestinians from entering the Old City for two days after two Israelis were killed in recent violence.
Entry to the Old City will be allowed only to Israeli citizens, Old City residents (including Palestinians), tourists, students studying in the area and people who work or operate businesses there.
On Saturday, Mohammad Halabi, a 19-year-old Palestinian law student, allegedly launched a knife and gun attack that killed two Israelis and injured two others. He was shot and killed by Israeli police.
Early Sunday, a 15-year-old Israeli was injured in a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teenager, who was also shot and killed by police.
Tensions in Jerusalem have been high due to escalating violence. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding emergency talks with Israeli security officials on Sunday.
Israel is also restricting access to the holy site is known as the Temple Mount for Jews and the Noble Sanctuary, or Haram al Sharif, for Muslims in the Old City.
Muslim men under the age of 50 will be prohibited from visiting the holy shrine.
The U.S. Department of State issued a statement on Saturday condemning the recent violence.
"The United States strongly condemns all acts of violence, including the tragic stabbing in the Old City of Jerusalem today that left two victims dead and two injured," State Secretary spokesperson John Kirby wrote in the statement. "We call for all perpetrators of violence to be swiftly brought to justice. We are very concerned about mounting tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem, including the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount, and call on all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and avoid escalating the situation."