Sweden, France, Egypt call for UNSC meeting amid escalating tensions in Jerusalem

New York (IINA) � The UN Security Council will hold closed-door talks on Monday about deadly Israeli-Palestinian unrest over new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, diplomats said.

Sweden, Egypt and France requested the meeting of the Security Council to “urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in Jerusalem can be supported,” Sweden’s Security Council Coordinator Carl Skau posted on Twitter, AFP reported.

The talks were announced as Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank on Saturday and its police broke up a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians in the deadliest outbreak of violence between the two sides for years.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said one Palestinian was killed during a separate clash outside Jerusalem, taking the death toll from the past two days to seven. Three Israelis were stabbed to death in a West Bank settlement on Friday. Hours earlier, three Palestinians were killed in violence prompted by Israel’s installation of metal detectors at entry points to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s walled Old City.

Source: International Islamic News Agency