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U.S. State Department denies Israeli-Palestinian peace talks canceled

Reuters

August 26, 2013 | 11:15 am

A Palestinian protester uses a makeshift launcher to shoot fire crackers during small clashes with Israeli troops following the funerals of Robin Zayed, Younis Jahjouh and Jihad Aslan in Qalandiya Refugee Camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Aug. 26. Photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

A Palestinian protester uses a makeshift launcher to shoot fire crackers during small clashes with Israeli troops following the funerals of Robin Zayed, Younis Jahjouh and Jihad Aslan in Qalandiya Refugee Camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Aug. 26. Photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

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

"I can assure you that no meetings have been canceled," State Department spokeswoman Mari Harf told Reuters. "The parties are engaged in serious and sustained negotiations," she said.

Earlier on Monday, Israel's Haaretz newspaper quoted a senior Palestinian official as saying that the Palestinians had canceled talks with the Israelis after Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians during an early morning raid to arrest a suspected militant in the West Bank.

Peace talks resumed last month after a three-year stalemate over Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. 

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by David Brunnstrom

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