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Arab League chief says Israel is ‘playing with fire’ over Jerusalem

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The Arab League has warned Israel is “playing with fire” over the “red line” of Jerusalem and its foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday over Israeli-Palestinian violence, according to statements on Sunday.


Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank on Saturday after violence erupted over Israel’s installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem’s walled Old City.


A Palestinian attacker stabbed to death three Israelis on Friday, and hours earlier three Palestinians were killed.


In Jerusalem on Saturday, Israeli police used riot gear to disperse dozens of Palestinians who threw stones and bottles at them.


“Jerusalem is a red line that Muslims and Arabs cannot allow to be crossed... and what is happening today is an attempt to impose a new reality on the Holy city,” Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a statement.


“The Israeli government is playing with fire and risking a major crisis with the Arab and Islamic world.”


Arab League foreign ministers will hold emergency talks in Cairo on Wednesday, the group said in a statement.


The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on Monday morning to discuss the violence unfolding in Jerusalem, diplomats said.


According to the UN mission of China, president of the UN Security Council for July, the meeting will be held behind closed doors.


“Sweden, France and Egypt request UN Security Council to urgently discuss how calls for deescalation in Jerusalem can be supported,” said Security Council coordinator of the mission of Sweden Carl Skau on Twitter on Saturday. — Agencies


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