UN talks set for Monday on Israeli-Palestinian unrest: Diplomats

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 22, 2017

In addition, Guterres has called for a full investigation into Friday's violent crackdown by Israeli police.

Condemnation from the west has been faint with the exception of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres' public condemnation of the violence, which took the lives of three young Palestinian protesters on Friday.

"His (Guterres) thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims", said the deputy spokesman.

He urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to refrain from actions that could further escalate the volatile situation in Jerusalem's Old City, saying that religious sites should be spaces for reflection, not violence.

Israeli security forces violently clamped down on Friday's demonstrations, firing live ammunition, tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at crowds of Palestinians protesting against the new measures, which include the barring of Muslim men under the age of 50 from the holy site and the installation of metal detectors.

Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank on Saturday and raided the home of the Palestinian attacker who stabbed to death three Israelis on Friday, the military said.

Friday night, Egypt's foreign ministry issued a statement, urging Israel not to "let the situation get into a risky swamp".

During a public address given on Friday by Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir referenced the situation in Jerusalem, saying "I can not end this speech without expressing solidarity with the brotherly Palestinian people, especially our people in Al Quds [Jerusalem], and denouncing the closure of the al-Aqsa Mosque".

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