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UN must act to end Israeli aggression: Palestine ambassador

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during a special meeting of the UN Security Council on the issue of tensions in the occupied territories, October 16, 2015.

The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations has called for the Security Council to intervene and put an end to the Israeli acts of aggression in the occupied territories.

“We come to you today asking the Council to urgently intervene to end this aggression against our defenseless Palestinian people and against our shrines which are subjected to violations by the Israeli military occupation and by Israeli settlers and by extremists,” Riyad Mansour told a special Friday meeting of the UN Security Council on the issue of tensions in the occupied territories.

The recent wave of tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories was triggered by the Israeli regime’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by illegal Israeli settlers, who frequently storm al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina. They say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

A wounded Palestinian protester (C) is evacuated during clashes with Israeli forces near the Israeli settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, October 16, 2015. (Reuters photo)


Also during the meeting, UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun urged “all sides to respect the sanctity of all holy sites.”

This as Israeli Deputy Ambassador David Roet rejected Palestinian calls for a protection force to be deployed in al-Quds.

"Let me be crystal clear - Israel will not agree to any international presence on the Temple Mount. Such a presence would be a change in the status quo," Roet told the UN Security Council.

Thirty-five Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. Several more Palestinians have been killed by Israelis in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has called for resistance in the face of heightened Israeli military aggression against Palestinians.

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