UN chief due to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General is due to meet the leaders of Israel and the Palestinians to break what he called the "cycle of violence and fear"

Violence has recently escalated in the region which has led to the death of dozens of people on both sides.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

On Tuesday the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon is expected to meet  Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel and the Palestinian leader President Abbas, as well as other senior officials in the region.

In a direct message to both peoples, Ban Ki Moon said violence was not the way to bring peace.

"I am dismayed, as we all should be, when I see young people, children, picking up weapons and seeking to kill. Let me be clear: violence will only undermine the legitimate Palestinian aspirations for statehood and the longing of Israelis for security."

His intervention comes after several weeks of violence stemming from fears over status-changes at one of Jerusalem's holiest religious sites.

A total of 41 Palestinians have reportedly been killed in clashes, together with nine Israelis.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 53"

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