U.S. officials engaged with Israelis, Palestinians, Arab countries over tensions in Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers stand on a roof top near the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque (Ronen Zvulun - Reuters)

Reuters  /  April 18, 2022

WASHINGTON – A number of U.S. officials engaged in phone calls with Israelis, Palestinians and Arab representatives in the region over the weekend to see to it that tensions in Jerusalem do not escalate, State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters on Monday.

On Friday, at least 152 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli riot police inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the latest outbreak in an upsurge of violence that has raised fears of a slide back to wider conflict. The Israeli military on Monday said it shot down a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel. 

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Putin discusses Russia-Ukraine talks, Middle East with Palestinian leader Abbas

Reuters  /  April 18, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Monday.

They also talked about “the problems of the Middle East settlement in the context of escalating tensions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem”, the Kremlin said.

Last Friday, at least 152 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli riot police inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the latest outbreak in an upsurge of violence that has raised fears of a slide back to wider conflict