UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Jerusalem violence

An Israeli border policeman standing guard at the entrance of the Old City in east Jerusalem on Oct 15.
An Israeli border policeman standing guard at the entrance of the Old City in east Jerusalem on Oct 15. PHOTO: AFP

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Friday (Oct 16) to discuss an upsurge of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, diplomats said.

The urgent talks were requested by council member Jordan following a meeting on Thursday of Arab ambassadors who expressed alarm at the escalating situation.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has repeatedly called for calm following weeks of violence that have left at least 30 Palestinians dead.

Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters that the situation was “very explosive” and called on the Security Council to “shoulder its responsibility” with action to quell the violence.

Israeli security forces deployed massively in Jerusalem on Thursday as Jews armed themselves with everything from guns to broomsticks.

The uptick in violence has raised fears that a third Palestinian intifada, or uprising, might erupt.

The Security Council meeting is scheduled for 11.00 am (11.00pm Singapore time).