UN Security Council urges calm, restraint at Al-Aqsa

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UNITED NATIONS, New York: The UN Security Council appealed for calm and restraint Thursday after three days of clashes this week at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound between Israeli police and Muslim protesters. In a unanimous declaration, the 15-member panel also expressed its “grave concern” and called for maintaining the rules governing the sensitive site seen as holy by both Muslims and Jews. The third-holiest site in Islam, the compound is also the holiest site in Judaism, which venerates it as the Temple Mount. It is located in East Jerusalem, annexed by Israel in 1967 and at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both sides see the site as a symbol of religion and nationalism.

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