UN chief tells Israelis, Palestinians to urgently calm tensions

Palestinian demonstrators take cover as they throw stones towards Israeli security forces from behind burning tires during clashes in the West Bank town of Al-Bireh, on the northern outskirts of Ramallah, on October 20, 2015UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned Israelis and Palestinians on Tuesday they were at a “dangerous abyss” and must act quickly to calm nearly three weeks of unrest before it spirals further out of control. The stark comments came as the UN secretary general made an unannounced visit to Jerusalem to try to ease tensions that have led to mounting international concern. As he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ban also spoke of the danger of allowing an escalation “into a religious conflict with potential regional implications” and urged efforts to ensure that did not occur.

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