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Obama condemns Jerusalem attack as ‘horrific’

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday strongly condemns the attack at an Israeli synagogue that killed four people, including three US citizens. He calls the attacks “horrific,” and adds that the act was without justification.

He says too many Israelis and too many Palestinians have died in recent months, and he urges leaders and ordinary people from both sides to work “cooperatively” to lower tensions, reject violence and seek a path forward toward peace.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, traveling in London, also condemns Tuesday’s attack. Kerry demands that the Palestinian leadership take immediate steps to end incitement to violence. Kerry speaks by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express condolences.

— AP

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