China calls for ef­forts to ease ten­sions over Al-Aqsa Mosque

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

UNITED NA­TIONS — Re­cent de­vel­op­ments in East Jerusalem dom­i­nated the monthly UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ses­sion on the Mid­dle East on Tues­day, with mem­bers voic­ing con­cern over the risk of more vi­o­lence.

“De­vel­op­ments over the past 11 days at the holy sites of the Old City in Jerusalem, how­ever, have demon­strated the grave risk of dan­ger­ous es­ca­la­tion that ex­ists, a risk of turn­ing the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict into a re­li­gious one and drag­ging both sides into the vor­tex of vi­o­lence with the rest of the re­gion,” said Nicko- lay Mlade­nov, UN spe­cial co­or­di­na­tor for the Mid­dle East peace process.

On July 14, three Arab-Is­raeli gun­men opened fire and killed two Is­raeli po­lice and were later shot dead in­side the com­pound of Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Jews as the Tem­ple Mount.

Af­ter the shoot­ings, Is­rael in­stalled metal de­tec­tors and sur­veil­lance cam­eras at the en­trances. The Is­raeli se­cu­rity move sparked widespread Mus­lim protests in­clud­ing sit-

LI MUZI /XIN­HUA

China’s UN Am­bas­sador Liu Jieyi speaks dur­ing a Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meet­ing at the UN head­quar­ters on Tues­day.

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