NEW CLASHES IN JERUSALEM. THE UN: ”THE MIDDLE EAST IS IN DANGER” The third day of clashes at the Esplanade of the mosques. Iran asks for an OCI meeting and condemns Israel

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This is the third day of violence at the Esplanade of the mosque in Jerusalem. The balance of the clashes, speaks, at present, of 5 slightly injured policemen and two arrested Palestinian activists. According to the Israeli authorities, the demonstrators want to prevent visits to the site and barricaded themselves inside the mosque of Al Aqsa, blocking the doors with metal bars and ropes. When the police tried to come in, new disorders broke out. After having re-established the calm, the agents allowed access to the area and increased security. The clashes at the Esplanade of the mosques started on Sunday, at the same time with Rosh Hashana, the beginning of the new Jewish year, which gathers thousands of faithful who pray near the Wailing Wall.

The situation, in any case, is likely to degenerate. The UN fears that violence could spread in the whole Middle East. The alarm was launched by Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations envoy to the region, who spoke at the glass palace. “While the Middle East must deal with a dangerous tide of terror and extremism, those serious provocations have the potential to spark violence also outside the walls of the old city of Jerusalem”, said Mladenov.

In the meantime, Iran asked for a meeting of the Organization of Islamic cooperation (OCI) as soon as possible in order to discuss the clashes. This is what refers the official information agency IRNA, citing the foreign ministry spokesman, Marzieh Afkham. Islamic countries must “condemn the aggression of the Zionist regime against the holy places of the Muslims,” said the spokesman, adding that Iran requests “an urgent meeting of the member countries of the OCI to examine the actions to be taken”.

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