Five European countries on Tuesday called for an end to clashes in Jerusalem following weeks of violence surrounding the Al Aqsa Mosque. The call was made in a joint statement issued after a closed-door emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
Ireland, France, Estonia, Norway and Albania made the call. Despite being among the countries convening the meeting, the UAE and China did not participate in the joint statement.
The five-nation statement said, “Violence needs to stop immediately. Priority must be given to preventing further civilian casualties. The sanctity of the holy places must be respected. ”
UN Security Council calls on five European countries to end violence in Jerusalem
The meeting was called after days of violence in and around the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. This area is known to the Jews as Temple Mount. As many as 160 people were injured in clashes over the weekend.