Against backdrop of violence, UN marks day of solidarity with Palestinians

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In October, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met families of victims of recent violence in Ramallah. UN File Photo/Rick Bajornas

The annual Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is being celebrated at the United Nations, against the backdrop of the recent dramatic uptick in violence in the region.

More than 100 people have been killed in violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in recent months.

Tension broke out over concerns that Israel would restrict Palestinian access to the sacred Al Aqsa compound.

Veronica Reeves has more.

This year's annual Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was marked with a particular sense of urgency and concern following the recent violence in the region.

The last two months have brought regular attacks by Palestinians on Jews, as well as a violent crackdown by Israeli government forces.

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said the recent events were distressing for all involved.

"During the current wave of violence, we have witnessed heinous attacks stabbings, shootings and attacks causing immense suffering among Israelis and Palestinians alike."

President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft urged all parties to work towards peace.

"Against this backdrop, and that of incredible instability right across the entire region, a lasting solution to this long-standing conflict must be found."

US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to travel to the region this week in an attempt to quell the violence.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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