After the violence in Jerusalem, Pope Francis calls for peace

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Pope Francis launched, Sunday, January 29 from the window of the Apostolic Palace where he chairs the Angelus prayer each week, a new appeal for peace, a few hours after the violence and attacks in Jerusalem.

“I appeal to the two governments and to the international community to find now and without delay other paths that include dialogue and the sincere search for peace”implored Francis.

The pope, who said he learned with “great pain”the death of “seven Israeli Jews” leaving a synagogue, two others having been injured on Friday, and that, the hours after in an anti-terrorist operation, of “10 Palestinians, including a woman”worried about the “death spiral” touching the Holy Land.

“The spiral of death that increases day by day does nothing but close the small spaces of trust that exist between the two peoples”lamented François.

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Several attacks in recent days

On Friday and Saturday, seven people were killed and two injured in attacks in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian part of the Holy City occupied and annexed by Israel, including one near a synagogue.

On Friday, the Israeli army bombarded the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire from this enclave which it maintains under blockade. In a raid in Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank, nine Palestinians were also killed on Thursday.

Separately, Israeli security guards killed a Palestinian man near a settlement in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said on Sunday, with the Israeli army claiming he was armed.

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