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Kerry urges calm in talks with Israeli, Palestinian leaders

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The State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry has called the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to express concern over the spate of violence at holy sites in Jerusalem. The State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry has called the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to express concern over the spate of violence at holy sites in Jerusalem.
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The State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry has called the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to express concern over the spate of violence at holy sites in Jerusalem.
    
In separate calls with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry said the U.S. was monitoring the escalating bloodshed surrounding a holy site for both Jews and Muslims, Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif. Violence has surged following Israeli lawmakers' visits to the site, which prompted concern among Palestinians over its control.
    
Israel has now restricted access to the site, but stabbings and other violence continue. The State Department says Kerry stressed the importance of preventing inflammatory rhetoric and that the U.S. would lend support where it can to restore calm.

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