According to latest reports, seven Palestinians and three Israelis were killed in a series of clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem, in what’s considered the deadliest outbreak of violence between two sides for years.
Tensions in Jerusalem rose after Israeli security forces installed metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem’s walled Old City.
The decision came after two Israeli border police officers were killed in an attack at the site on last Friday. Israel says new security measures were necessary to prevent terrorist threats. However, the measures caused widespread discontent among the Palestinians who see it as a pretext to assert Israeli authority over al-Aqsa mosque, one of the holiest places in Islam.
Three Israelis were stabbed to death on Friday while eating dinner in a West Bank settlement. Earlier, three Palestinians were killed in an outbreak of violence prompted by new Israeli security measures.
More protests and clashes erupted in other parts of the city, including the A-Tur, Issawiya, and Shu’afat neighborhoods.
According to diplomatic sources in New York, UN Security Council will meet on Monday to discuss the situation.
Sweden, Egypt and France requested the meeting to “urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in Jerusalem can be supported,” Sweden’s Security Council coordinator, Carl Skau, posted on Twitter.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suspended all official contact between Israel until it removed metal detectors at al-Aqsa mosque site.
Israeli officials, on other hand, called Abbas to condemn stabbing victims in the Jewish settlement of Neve Tsuf at the West Bank.
Israel send additional security forces to into the occupied West Bank on Saturday.