Erdogan to UN: Take action against Israel over al-Aqsa
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Erdogan to UN: Take action against Israel over al-Aqsa

After days of clashes at site, Turkish president says Israeli activities cause for 'serious indignation' in Muslim world

In this May 30, 2015 photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to the crowds in Istanbul, Turkey, during a rally to commemorate the anniversary of city's conquest by the Ottoman Turks. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
In this May 30, 2015 photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to the crowds in Istanbul, Turkey, during a rally to commemorate the anniversary of city's conquest by the Ottoman Turks. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the United Nations to act against Israel’s “breach” of the sanctity of the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, a Turkish source said Tuesday night, according to the Turkish Hurriyet news website.

Erdogan told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a phone conversation that Israel’s actions were “unacceptable” and a cause for “serious indignation” in the Muslim world, the source said.

Muslim protesters clashed with police for a third consecutive day on Wednesday morning, after the protesters barricaded a door into the mosque and threw stones and firecrackers at the entrance to the Temple Mount for non-Muslims. Police later removed the barricade, closing the protesters inside the mosque.

Erdogan also demanded world pressure on Israel over the establishment of an Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

According to the source, Ban said the UN was concerned by the recent developments, and strssed the importance of negotiations in reducing tensions, Hurriyet said.

Still image taken from a video released by the Israel Police Spokesman apparently showing Palestinians gearing up for a confrontation on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Sunday, September 13, 2015. (screen capture: Israel Police)
Still image taken from a video released by the Israel Police Spokesman apparently showing Palestinians gearing up for a confrontation on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Sunday, September 13, 2015. (screen capture: Israel Police)

The ongoing clashes at the site — which is holy to both Jews and Muslims — have caused widespread condemnation of Israel in the Arab world. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday accused the “Zionist enemy” of trying to “seize” the al-Aqsa Mosque, while Jordan’s King Abdullah warned that the clashes could had an adverse effect on his country’s relations with Israel.

The US has condemned “all acts of violence” at the site, expressing “deep concern” Monday, and calling on all sides to “exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric and preserve unchanged the historic status quo.”

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