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November 20th, 2012
07:12 AM ET

U.S. Sec. of State Clinton heads to Middle East to help quell violence – Jessica Yellin reports

From CNN's Security Clearance blog:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to the region in an attempt to help resolve the incessant violence.

Clinton left Cambodia late Tuesday for a trip to Israel, Ramallah and Egypt.

"She'll meet with regional leaders, beginning with our Israeli partners, to consult on the situation in Gaza," Deputy National Security Director Ben Rhodes said. Rhodes said Clinton will not be meeting with Hamas leaders but rather the Palestinian authority.

He said the visits will support the "de-escalation of the violence and a durable outcome that ends the rocket attacks on Israeli cities and restores broader calm in the region."

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Jessica Yellin reports on the goal of Clinton's trip to Middle East.

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