NATIONS: According to diplomatic sources, the UN Security Council will convene on Tuesday to discuss the violence surrounding a sensitive Jerusalem holy site that injured 170 people over the weekend.
China, France, the United Arab Emirates, Norway, and Ireland have convened the summit, which will be held behind closed doors after days of unrest in and around Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which is sacred to both Muslims and Jews.
The skirmishes, which come at a delicate time when the Jewish Passover celebration overlaps with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, come after 36 people were slain in Israel and the occupied West Bank since late March.
Jews are permitted to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, also known as the Temple Mount by Jews, but they are not permitted to pray at the site, which is the holiest location in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II called on Israel to “stop any illegal and provocative steps” that lead to “more aggravation” on Sunday.
The kingdom is the guardian of holy sites in east Jerusalem, which Israel took in 1967 and then annexed in a decision that most of the international world did not recognize.
Following weeks of rising tensions, Palestinians have carried out two recent deadly attacks in or near Tel Aviv, Israel’s seaside metropolis, as well as large arrests by Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank.