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Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Israelis and Palestinians to ease tensions following a spike in violence that has put the region on edge.

The bloodshed has alarmed the Biden administration as it attempts to find common ground with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new right-wing government.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.Credit:Getty

“We’re urging all sides now to take urgent steps to restore calm, to de-escalate,” Blinken told reporters after meeting Netanyahu.

“We want to make sure that there’s an environment in which we can, I hope at some point, create conditions where we can start to restore a sense of security for Israelis and Palestinians alike, which of course is sorely lacking.”

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Blinken will meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, local time. His visit to the region coincides with one of the deadliest periods of fighting in years in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Last week, an Israeli military raid killed 10 Palestinians in the flashpoint West Bank town of Jenin. A day later, a Palestinian gunman killed seven people outside a synagogue in an east Jerusalem settlement. The next morning, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy shot and wounded two Israelis elsewhere in east Jerusalem.

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