France, Sweden, Egypt request emergency UNSC session over Jerusalem violence

In light of the violent clashes in Jerusalem, three countries have demanded an emergency UN Security Council session on the matter. The discussion will take place on Monday.

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The UN Security Council will hold an emergency session on the situation in Jerusalem Monday, according to several diplomats. Sweden’s Deputy UN Ambassador Carl Skau said that Sweden, France and Egypt requested that the session take place in order to “urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in Jerusalem can be supported.”

The request was made after Israel decided to place metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount. In response, Palestinians and Muslims violently clashed with Israeli security forces. Over the weekend, three Palestinians were killed during riots in the Jerusalem area.

Last week, it was reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hinted that he wants to speak with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in an attempt to relieve the tensions at the Temple Mount. The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry advised the Israeli president against speaking with Erdoğan in light of the Turkish involvement in the escalating situation but Rivlin decided to speak with the Turkish president over the phone.

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