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US: Commitments made to reduce Jerusalem tensions


 Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel, Jordan and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') have committed to a series of "specific and practical" steps to reduce spiraling tensions over Jerusalem holy sites.

   Kerry, during a visit to Jordan, didn't provide any details about the agreements.

   Jordan is one of just two Arab countries at peace with Israel and serves as the custodian of the Muslim holy sites of Jerusalem and with significant influence in the West Bank. Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel last week to protest an Israeli crackdown on protesters at the al-Aqsa mosque.

   The mosque is located at the disputed site known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount. Long-simmering tensions have boiled over into violent demonstrations and deadly Palestinian attacks that have killed six people in recent weeks.

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