UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was due to begin a snap visit on Tuesday to try to stem Israeli-Palestinian violence as Israel issued fresh assurances addressing Muslim fears of Jewish encroachment at a mosque compound at the centre of the conflict.
In the latest incident, a Palestinian stabbed and wounded an Israeli officer in the occupied West Bank before other troops shot the assailant, the military said. The Palestinian Health Ministry said he was killed.
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Israeli officials said Ban, whose trip was announced in Israel only hours before his expected arrival, would meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later in the day in Jerusalem.
The UN chief will see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday, Palestinian officials said.
Kerry to meet Netanyahu
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is to hold talks with Netanyahu in Germany during the prime minister’s visit there on Wednesday and Thursday, has said Israeli and Palestinian leaders need to clarify the status of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound to held stem the bloodshed.