The UN Security Council will hold closed-door talks on Monday about deadly Israeli-Palestinian unrest sparked by new security measures introduced by Israel after a July 14 terror attack at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, diplomats said.
The meeting — requested by Sweden, France and Egypt — will “urgently discuss how calls for deescalation in Jerusalem can be supported,” said Sweden’s political affairs coordinator Carl Skau.
The European Union on Saturday called on Israel and Jordan to work together to “ensure security for all” in Jerusalem’s Old City.
“We encourage Israel and Jordan to work together to find solutions that ensure security for all,” the EU said in a statement.
The Middle East diplomatic quartet also expressed concern about escalating violence in Jerusalem and called on all sides to “demonstrate maximum restraint.”
The Quartet comprises the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations.
The envoys of the four “strongly condemn acts of terror, express their regret for all loss of innocent life caused by the violence, and hope for a speedy recovery to the wounded,” the Quartet said in a joint statement.
“The Quartet Envoys call on all to demonstrate maximum restraint, refrain from provocative actions and work towards de-escalating the situation,” it added.
At least two Palestinians were killed Saturday in clashes as demonstrations continued against the installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount. The metal detectors were installed after three Arab Israelis shot dead two Israeli police officers just outside the Temple Mount compound on July 14 using guns they had smuggled into the holy site.
Saturday’s violence came a day after three Palestinians were killed in clashes. Palestinian medical officials said all three died of gunshot wounds. Israel said it was investigating the reports.
Later Friday, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed to death three family members at their Shabbat dinner table in the Halamish settlement in the West Bank.
Israeli officials and Arab diplomats said the White House was holding talks with Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and other Arab parties in an attempt to find a solution to end the crisis surrounding the Temple Mount, Haaretz reported.