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Palestinian shot dead after trying to stab Israeli border guard; Kerry meets Abbas

US Secretary of State John Kerry gives a briefing to the media at Amman Civil Airport in Amman

By Ori Lewis

A Palestinian was shot dead after he tried to stab an Israeli security guard at a border crossing on Saturday, Israeli police said, as diplomatic efforts to try to end a surge in violence resumed in Jordan.

The suspect approached the Jalameh crossing between the northern West Bank and Israel from the Palestinian side, an Israeli police spokeswoman said. The Palestinian Health Ministry said the Palestinian involved was 16 years old.

At least 52 Palestinians, half of whom Israel says were assailants, have been shot dead by Israelis at the scene of attacks or during protests in the West Bank and Gaza since Oct 1. Nine Israelis have been stabbed or shot dead by Palestinians.

In Amman, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met and voiced hope they might find a way to ease the tensions but offered no details.

The violence has in part been triggered by Palestinian anger over what they see as Jewish encroachment on the al-Aqsa compound, Islam’s third holiest site which is also revered by Jews.

Kerry will also met King Abdullah of Jordan, who is custodian of the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s walled Old City. From Amman, he is due to fly to Riyadh, where he was expected to meet Saudi King Salman, the Saudi crown prince, deputy crown prince and foreign minister.

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