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U.S. Says Israeli-Palestinian Talks Not Canceled


The U.S. State Department has denied reports that U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians have been canceled following clashes in the West Bank.

State Department spokeswoman Mari Harf said that "the parties are engaged in serious and sustained negotiations."

Earlier, Israel's "Haaretz" newspaper quoted a senior Palestinian official as saying that the Palestinians had canceled the talks after Israeli security forces on August 26 shot dead three Palestinians and injured dozens at a refugee camp north of Jerusalem.

The Israeli police say they entered the Qalandia camp to arrest a suspected militant and clashes broke out with a Palestinian crowd.

Palestinian officials say the Israelis used live ammunition.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said police used only "riot-dispersal means" and could not confirm any fatalities.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP