US condemns 'terror attacks' on Israeli civilians

2015-10-14 08:29
John Kerry (File: AFP)

John Kerry (File: AFP)

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Washington - The United States on Tuesday condemned the latest round of deadly "terrorist attacks" on Israeli civilians by Palestinian attackers and called for calm.

Secretary of State John Kerry was reacting after two Israelis were killed when a gunman and two men with knives attacked passengers on a Jerusalem bus.

In a separate incident, also in Jerusalem, another Israeli was killed when a Palestinian drove a car into a crowd at a bus stop then jumped out with a knife.

"The United States condemns in the strongest terms possible the terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians," Kerry told reporters.

"Naturally, we mourn the loss of any life, no matter who it is, but this violence and any incitement to violence has got to stop," he warned.

"We continue to stress the importance of all - all - persons of responsibility to condemn the violence on either side, and to avoid provocative statements.

"I continue to urge all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and I will stay in very close touch with leaders in the region in the days ahead."

The attacks were only the latest in a two-week-old upsurge in violence that has raised fears of third full-scale Palestinian uprising, or "intifada."

After Tuesday's deaths, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that he would use "all means" at his disposal to restore order.

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