The United States expressed its concern regarding the escalation of tension in East Jerusalem.

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The US government has condemned the violence against the Israeli security forces as "reciprocal attacks against the Palestinians," as well as it has considered "especially disturbing," this "bloodshed (...) that takes place in the last days of Ramadan."

The US State Department has been "extremely concerned" on Friday about the ongoing clashes in East Jerusalem between the Israeli Police and Palestinian civilians on the Temple Mount, resulting in more than 200 wounded.

The United States has condemned the violence against the Israeli security forces as the "reciprocal attacks against the Palestinians," as well as; it has considered "especially disturbing," this "bloodshed (...) that takes place in the last days of the Ramadan", according to a statement from the State Department.

For the North American country, the action of Israeli and Palestinian authorities is necessary "to reduce tensions and stop the violence." "It is absolutely essential that all parties act with restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and (...) denounce all violent acts."

Likewise, the United States has taken the opportunity to urge the reduction of tensions over the evictions of Palestinian residents in the Sheikh Jarrá neighborhood in East Jerusalem. "As we have constantly said, it is essential to avoid measures that exacerbate tensions or take us further away from peace," said Department spokesman Ned Price.

Finally, the United States has claimed to be "in contact with senior Israeli and Palestinian leaders to work to reduce the situation."

At least  200 people were injured this Friday in clashes between the Israeli police and Palestinian protesters on the Esplanade of the Mosques in Jerusalem (Temple Mount) in the middle of Ramadan.

Palestine Red Crescent has reported 205 Palestinians injured throughout the night. In contrast, the Israel Police have indicated that 17 Han officers were also seriously injured.

The Holy City lives days of tension in the face of repeated demonstrations by Palestinians for a week to protest against the plans to expel Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for the benefit of Israeli families.

Police also killed two Palestinians and seriously injured a third after firing on a military post in the northwest.

Given the escalation of incidents in those Israeli-occupied territories,

The United States has called for "an end to tensions" and avoided unilateral measures, such as "evictions, settlements and demolition."

"We are deeply concerned," said Jelena Porter, deputy spokeswoman for the State Department.