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The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on Wednesday on the deadly unrest between Israel and the Palestinians, its second such session in three days, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.
The closed-door meeting was requested by Tunisia, Norway and China. The first, held on Monday, ended without a joint declaration, with the United States expressing reluctance to adopt a draft declaration proposed by Norway “at this stage”.
The text, seen by AFP, would call on Israel to “cease settlement activities, demolitions and evictions”, including in East Jerusalem.
In this statement, the members of the Security Council also expressed “their grave concern at the escalation of tensions and violence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem”, which Israel annexed and regards as part of it. its capital.
Asked Tuesday whether the United States had lifted its opposition to such a statement by the Security Council, State Department spokesman Ned Price refrained from answering the question directly.
“We want to see that the measures, whether they emanate from the Israeli government, the Palestinian Authority or the UN Security Council, serve, not to provoke an escalation, but to a de-escalation”, a- he said.
On Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the escalation must stop.
“The Israeli security forces must exercise the utmost restraint and calibrate their use of force,” he said in a statement, adding that “the indiscriminate launching of rockets and mortars at Israeli population centers unacceptable “.
At least 28 Palestinians in the stranded Gaza Strip and three Israelis have been killed in a sharp escalation of violence.
Several nights of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police, especially around the Al-Aqsa mosque complex, escalated Monday night into a barrage of Islamist rockets from Gaza and deadly Israeli airstrikes in retaliation.
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