China calls for efforts to ease tensions over Al-Aqsa Mosque
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-
China’s UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi speaks during a Security Council meeting at the UN headquarters on Tuesday.