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Ban Ki-moon visits the West Bank

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Ban Ki-moon visits the West Bank


As people in Gaza survey the damage after further Israeli airstrikes, international efforts continue to push Israel and the Palestinians towards peace talks.
The UN chief is visiting Israel, the West Bank and Gaza this weekend, and today he repeated his criticism of Israel for announcing plans for new settlement expansion.  
In Ramallah, Ban Ki-moon said: “All settlement activities is illegal, anywhere in occupied territories, and it must stop. The quartet has reaffirmed that position. I’m also concerned about actions in Hebron, Jerusalem and elsewhere. I urge all parties to respect sensitivities and promote calm.”
The latest Israeli airstrikes, which injured at least 12 people, come after a worker was killed by a rocket fired into Israel from Gaza. 
Clashes have also been erupting in parts of the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Israel sparked widespread anger by announcing plans to build some 1600 new settlement homes in a disputed part of East Jerusalem.

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