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U.N. Envoy Warns: Ire At Jerusalem Holy Site Must Be Resolved By Week's End

The U.N. Security Council met Monday to seek a solution to the tensions mounting around a mosque complex in the Old City, where Israel recently installed metal detectors, angering Muslim worshippers.
Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray outside an entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday. They gathered to protest new Israeli security measures implemented at the holy site following an attack that killed two Israeli policemen the previous week. Source: Ahmad Gharabli

Israeli and Palestinian leaders must find a solution to the building tensions over a holy site in Jerusalem's Old City, the United Nations envoy to the region said Monday. And Nickolay Mladenov gave the two sides an informal deadline.

"It is extremely important that a solution to the current convened after he briefed the U.N. Security Council on the situation. "I think the danger on the ground will escalate if we go through another cycle of Friday prayer without a resolution."

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