UN chief in surprise visit to calm Israel-Palestinian unrest

Israeli soldiers dismantle the apartment of Maher al-Hashlamoun, a Palestinian jailed for killing a Jewish settler in a knife attack late last year, in the West Bank city of Hebron on October 20,2015UN chief Ban Ki-moon was to make an unannounced visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories Tuesday to try to calm nearly three weeks of violence that has raised fears of a full-scale uprising. Ban’s visit comes with young Palestinians defying an Israeli security crackdown and calls for non-violence from Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to carry out repeated knife and other attacks on Jews. There have also been violent protests across the Palestinian territories.

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