Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the United Nations to take action and slammed Israel after clashes in the Old City of Jerusalem, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Tuesday.
Erdogan told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a phone call late Monday that Israeli police raiding the compound of the al-Aqsa Mosque was “unacceptable” and was causing “serious indignation” among Muslims, a presidency source told Anadolu.
Erdogan has frequently condemned Israel for its actions in the Palestinian Territories. Relations between Turkey and Israel have deteriorated since 2010, when Israeli forces killed 10 Turkish citizens on a flotilla bringing aid to the Gaza Strip.
Ban’s spokesman said the UN chief was concerned by the escalation around the flashpoint Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary platform.
“These events once again underscored the importance of reaching a final status agreement through negotiations on all issues, including arrangements for the holy sites that are acceptable to all,” Stephane Dujarric said in New York.
The area that houses the mosque is the third-holiest site in Islam, but it is also the site of the ruins of the biblical Jewish temple and the most sacred site in Judaism.
Palestinian stone throwers clashed with police on Sunday and Monday around the mosque and in other parts of Jerusalem.