The UN Security Council will meet this week to discuss ongoing tensions in Jerusalem, diplomatic sources said on Monday.
Tuesday’s meeting, which is expected to be held behind closed doors, comes at the request of China, France, Ireland, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.
Tensions have been high in the Palestinian territories since the beginning of April, due to successive Israeli arrest campaigns in the occupied West Bank.
On Friday, dozens of Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, where the situation is particularly explosive.
Daily incursions by settlers into the site to celebrate Passover week have further aggravated the situation.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site for Muslims. Jews refer to the area as the “Temple Mount”, claiming that it housed two Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. In 1980, the entire city was annexed, which was never recognized by the international community.
*Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj
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