EU ‘extremely concerned’ by Jerusalem unrest, urges ‘maximum restraint’

The European Union’s envoy to the Palestinians says the bloc is “extremely concerned” by the ongoing clashes near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and calls for all sides not to resort to violence.

“We call for immediate calm, all must refrain from resorting to violence,” the European Union mission says.

Over 278 Palestinians have been wounded since clashes with Israeli police began this morning, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. The first aid organization also says that Israeli forces have prevented their medical teams from reaching conflict areas.

Israel Police say at least 12 cops were injured. In addition, Israeli civilians including a seven-month-old baby have been wounded from rocks pelted at cars near the Old City.

Israeli security forces “must exercise maximum restraint and allow paramedics to enter to provide medical services to those injured. We call on all to uphold and respect the status quo of the holy sites,” the EU says.

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