Se­cu­rity Coun­cil says it will hold an ur­gent meet­ing to dis­cuss vi­o­lence

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

The es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions be­tween Is­rael and Pales­tine in Jerusalem’s Old City has left dozens dead or in­jured and drawn at­ten­tion from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

The United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil will hold an ur­gent meet­ing on Mon­day morn­ing to dis­cuss the vi­o­lence un­fold­ing in Jerusalem, di­plo­mats said on Satur­day.

The meet­ing will be held be­hind closed doors, ac­cord­ing to the UN mis­sion of China, the pres­i­dent of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil for July.

In a state­ment re­leased on Satur­day, the Mid­dle East Quar­tet — Rus­sia, the United States, the Eu­ro­pean Union and the UN — ex­pressed con­cern over the vi­o­lence.

On Satur­day night, Pales­tinian wor­ship­pers and Is­raeli po­lice re­newed clashes out­side East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, a day af­ter a sim­i­lar clash i n which three Pales­tini­ans were killed and nearly 400 oth­ers in­jured af­ter the Fri­day prayers, ac­cord­ing to the Pales­tinian Health Min­istry.

On July 14, Is­rael shut down the holy site and in­stalled check­points and metal de­tec­tors at its en­trances af­ter a shoot­ing at­tack ear­lier that day, which killed three Pales­tini­ans with Is­raeli ci­ti­zen­ship and two Is­raeli se­cu­rity of­fi­cers in the yard of Al-Aqsa Mosque com­pound.

The shut­down and metal de­tec­tors have sparked a huge protest. The Is­raeli be­hav­ior is seen by the Pales­tini­ans as a vi­o­la­tion of the sta­tus quo at the Mus­lim-run com­pound and an Is­raeli at­tempt to gain more con­trol over the holy site.

In re­sponse, Pales­tini­ans called for a day of rage to protest against Is­rael.

Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas an­nounced on Fri­day a freeze of all con­tact with Is­rael un­til it com-

The peo­ple are united, and they feel their iden­tity is threat­ened...” Mo­ham­mad Daragh­meh, po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst

mits to can­cel­ing se­cu­rity mea­sures in Jerusalem, es­pe­cially at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“We re­ject the so-called e-gates as po­lit­i­cal mea­sures that are cov­ered by a false se­cu­rity cover,” Ab­bas said in a speech af­ter an emer­gency meet­ing of the Pales­tinian lead­er­ship.

As news of Ab­bas’ ul­ti­ma­tum broke, the Is­raeli mil­i­tary re­ported that on Fri­day night, a 20-year-old Pales­tinian en­tered a fam­ily home in the set­tle­ment of Halamish, stab­bing to death a fa­ther, his daugh­ter and his son be­fore he was shot and in­jured by a neigh­bor.

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben-

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