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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, May 17

17 May 2021, 10:44 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS -- UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland on Sunday called for international efforts to end the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian violence.

This escalation in the past week has already produced tragic results. A further intensification of hostilities would have devastating consequences for both Palestinians and Israelis, he told the Security Council in a briefing. "We cannot allow the situation to slide further into chaos. The hostilities must stop." (UN-Israeli-Palestinian Violence)

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LOS ANGELES -- About 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the U.S. state of California Sunday morning due to a wildfire, said the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

The affected area is at Topanga State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains, approximately 35 kilometers west of downtown Los Angeles, said the LAFD, noting that the fire, dubbed Palisades Fires, has spread to 835 acres (3.4 square kilometers) with zero percent containment at the time. (US-Wildfire-Evacuation)

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CAIRO -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Sunday that his country will spare no effort to reach a ceasefire in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza Strip.

"Egypt will support peace efforts until the Palestinian people obtain their legitimate rights and the region enjoys the stability that all our peoples seek," Shoukry told a United Nations Security Council meeting through videoconference on the ongoing Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip. (Egypt-Gaza Strip-Ceasefire)

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JERUSALEM -- Two Jewish worshipers were killed and dozens of others were injured in a bleacher collapse at a crowded synagogue in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Sunday night, medics said.

Video footage on Israeli TV channels showed the collapse taking place on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot at a synagogue in Givat Zeev, an Israeli settlement outside Jerusalem. (West Bank-Bleacher Collapse)

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