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U.N. Secretary-General Makes Surprise Visit to Israel to Call for Peace

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a surprise trip to Jerusalem this week, calling for peace after renewed violence has heightened tension in the region. In the last month, 10 Israelis and 43 Palestinians have been killed in the violence. Throughout parts of Israel, there have been knife attacks and stabbings targeting Israelis that have killed at least eight and injured 75 more. The U.N. head will meet with both Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, and during a press conference, he said he hopes his visit can help the two sides come together to end the violence. “My visit reflects the sense of global alarm at the dangerous escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians. I am here to encourage and support all efforts to lower tensions and prevent the situation from spinning out of control. It’s not too late to avoid a broader crisis.” The most recent clashes were sparked by disputes over access to a holy site that is significant to both Jews and Muslims.

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