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Escalating violence clouds Blinken visit to Israel, West Bank

Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s first visit to Israel since the election of a new right-wing government comes as the region braces for more unrest following a deadly raid in the West Bank and a shooting near a Jerusalem synagogue.

WASHINGTON — When he arrives in Israel and the West Bank next week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will find an already volatile region on heightened alert, days after the Israeli military mounted its deadliest West Bank raid in two decades and a shooting near a Jerusalem synagogue left seven dead. 

Late Friday, Israeli police said a suspected terrorist killed seven people and injured at least 10 others in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov. The gunman was shot and killed by security forces.  

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