UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday warned against any misuse of force as he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in a bid to calm nearly three weeks of Palestinian unrest.
Ban also spoke of the danger of allowing an escalation "into a religious conflict with potential regional implications" and urged efforts to ensure that did not occur.
The UN secretary general told reporters that "security measures can be counterproductive if they are applied without special efforts to defuse the situation before people lose their lives."
Any misuse of force, he said, "may breed the very frustrations and anxieties from which violence" can erupt.
Israeli security forces have faced accusations of excessive force against Palestinians in the current wave of violence.
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