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John Kerry 'deeply concerned' over Israel-Palestine clashes

US Secretary of State John Kerry has spoken separately to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to express "deep concern over the recent wave of violence".

A Palestinian protester returns a tea gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes. Credit: Reuters

In a statement the Department of State said Kerry "reiterated the importance of strongly condemning violence and combating incitement."

It comes after four Palestinian teenagers were killed and five Israelis wounded on Saturday, as violent outbursts between the two sides escalate.

Israeli security forces shot dead two Palestinians aged 12 and 15 in protests along Gaza's border fence, Palestinian medics said, and Israeli police said they had killed three knife-wielding Palestinian assailants in Jerusalem.

Two separate knife attacks were carried out on Saturday near Damascus Gate, one of the main entries into Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas have called for calm, but there has been little sign of the violence abating.


Report: 'Five rockets fired from Gaza Strip land in Israel'

Israeli television news reports said air raid sirens sounded after at least five rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel.

There were no reports of damage or injuries. The remnants of one rocket were found near the port city of Ashdod, about 20 km north of the Gaza Strip, an ambulance service spokesman said. No group in the Gaza Strip had immediately taken responsibility. Israeli media speculated that it may have been an errant rocket that was not intentionally aimed at Israeli territory.

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