Almost a year ago, when Israel temporarily closed the site for the first time in a more than a decade, Palestinians became enraged, and a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called it a "declaration of war." The closure, done for security reasons, lasted a day.
This week's escalating bloodshed included the outskirts of the Old City's Damascus Gate, where a 16-year-old Palestinian boy stabbed two Israelis about 150 yards from the entrance on Saturday, police said.
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