File-United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives at refugee and asylum-seekers camp in Gabcikovo, Slovakia, Oct. 19, 2015. (AP/Ronald Zak)
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U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon was to make an unannounced visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories Tuesday to try to calm nearly three weeks of violence that has raised fears of a full-scale uprising.Ban's visit comes with young Palestinians defying an Israeli security crackdown and calls for non-violence from Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to carry out repeated knife and other attacks on Jews. Israeli security forces have found themselves seeking to clamp down on unrest while not provoking a further escalation of violence.At the same time, the gun, knife and car attacks have sparked fear among Israelis, and some politicians have urged residents to arm themselves in the face of the violence.The mob violence came after an Arab Israeli gunman also armed with a knife stormed a bus station, shooting dead a 19-year-old soldier and wounding around 10 others.Early Tuesday, Israeli troops destroyed the West Bank home of a Palestinian jailed for killing a Jewish settler in a knife attack late last year.Yusef, a founding member of Hamas in the late 1980s, has spent years in Israeli jails.
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