UN warns Jerusalem clashes could ignite Mideast violence

AFP , Tuesday 15 Sep 2015

A Palestinian woman affected by tear gas is evacuated by medics during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli occupation police on the compound which houses al-Aqsa mosque, in Jerusalem's Old City, September 15, 2015 (Reuters)

Clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians at a Jerusalem holy site could spark more widespread violence in the region, a UN envoy warned Tuesday.

UN coordinator Nickolay Mladenov delivered the warning to the Security Council on the third straight day of violence at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

"As the Middle East faces a vicious tide of terror and extremism, such serious provocations have the potential to ignite violence well beyond the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem," Mladenov said.

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