U.S. ‘Alarmed’ by New Unrest

The State Department said Tuesday it was "alarmed" by the number of deaths in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the past two weeks.

"We are alarmed by the rising tide of violence and are shocked by the increasing human toll in the West Bank and Gaza." department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler said.

State Department sources said the prepared text of her statement also said that the United States was "shocked" by the violence. It was not immediately clear why that word was omitted when she read the statement to reporters.

Tutwiler said that 20 Palestinians have died and some 200 others have been wounded in confrontations with the Israel Defense Force since April 17.

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