Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, on Tuesday called on all sides to refrain from provocative actions regarding the recent tension in Jerusalem.
“As the Middle East faces a vicious tide of terror and extremism, such serious provocations have the potential to ignite violence well beyond the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem,” said Mladenov.
Israeli police clashed with Palestinian youth on Sunday night in the Old City of Jerusalem, leaving more than 20 people injured. Israel has accused religious mobs of turning the Al-Agsa Mosque into a battlefield, while Palestine has accused Israeli police of attacking the mosque.
“We want the international community to send a loud and clear message that this aggression against our holy sites in Jerusalem cannot be tolerated, to be condemned, and to be stopped immediately,” said Riyad H. Mansour, the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations.
Jordan, which has guardianship over the mosque, also accused Israel of provocative action.
Mladenov urged the political community and religious leaders to ensure that worshipers demonstrate restraint and respect for historic sites.
“All sides have a responsibility to refrain from provocative actions,” he said.
“It is imperative that the historic status quo is preserved in line with agreements between Israel and his Majesty the King of Jordan as custodian of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem,” Mladenov added.
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