UN chief condemns escalating violence in Jerusalem
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, most of the Palestinian casualties were caused by rubber bullets, stun grenades and police batons, while Israeli police reported three officers were injured in the stoning.
The fighting at the compound follows recent attacks in Israel that killed at least 14 people, and was subsequently raided by Israeli forces on the occupied West Bank, killing 25 Palestinians, according to reports.
Calling for peace
In a message released Friday by his spokesman, Stephen Dujarric, Mr Guterres called on leaders of all parties to help calm the deteriorating situation, and insisted that the “provocation” on the Holy Esplanade be stopped immediately, so as not to provoke further provocation. .
The status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem, he said, should be supported and respected.
The Secretary-General reiterated his commitment to support the Palestinians and Israelis in resolving the conflict in accordance with relevant UN resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements.
Avoid ‘inflammatory rhetoric’
In a separate statement, Tor Veniceland, the UN special envoy for the Middle East peace process, called on political, religious and community leaders of all parties to calm the situation, refrain from spreading provocative rhetoric and speak out against those who seek to escalate. The fight
Mr Veniceland warned that allowing tensions to escalate further posed a risk, and urged authorities on both sides to immediately reduce the situation and prevent any further provocations by radical actors.
Mr Veniceland is in close contact with key regional partners and parties to calm the situation.