The UN Security Council will meet to discuss the unrest in Jerusalem, and Jordan has summoned Israel’s envoy.

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Monday, the United Nations Security Council will meet behind closed doors to discuss rising tensions in east Jerusalem, especially around the Temple Mount, also known as al Haram al Sharif.

According to diplomats, almost two-thirds of the 15-member council – Tunisia, Ireland, China, Estonia, France, Norway, Niger, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Vietnam – demanded the briefing.

The 15-member assembly is unlikely to take any action, but the meeting is yet another sign of heightened international concern about the ongoing violence in Jerusalem.

The Trump administration had been supportive of Israel at the UN and had used its veto power at the Security Council to protect the Jewish state from censure.

US President Joe Biden has promised to also stand by Israel at the UN, but the Jerusalem violence is likely to test that resolve.

Jordan on Monay summoned Israel’s deputy ambassador to Jordan Sami Abu Janeb to its Foreign Ministry over Jerusalem.

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Abu Janeb told the Jordanians that Israel protected freedom of worship for members of all religions and emphasized that Jews must be free to pray at the Western Wall, adjacent to the Temple Mount.

Jordan, which has custody of Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem, has stated that Israel should honour worshipers as well as international law protecting Arab freedom.

The use of tear gas by Israeli security forces on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to disperse Palestinian rioters over the weekend has been particularly contentious.

More fighting is planned on Monday, as Jews observe Jerusalem Day, which commemorates the city’s reunification by commemorating the day Israel annexed the eastern part of the city from Jordan during the 1967 Six-Day War.

King Abdullah called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and, according to the Royal Hashemite Court twitter account. It said that Abdullah “condemns provocative Israeli measures in Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif, which contravene international law and violate human rights.”

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Reuters contributed to this report.


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