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Friday, 16 October 2015 - 15:03
Security Council to discuss Israeli-Palestinian unrest
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The UN Security Council is set to hold a special meeting to discuss the spate of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in which 39 people have been killed over the past two weeks.

The meeting, which foreign sources said was called at the request of council member Jordan, will include a briefing from the UN secretariat on the situation on the ground and will take place today (16).

The UN meeting comes as Israel deploys more troops to the border with Gaza, where the ruling Palestinian group Hamas has called for Day of Rage demonstrations on Friday.

According to foreign media reports that Israeli forces have prevented men under the age of 40 from praying in al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem as part of a bid to preclude Palestinian protests.

No resolution was planned at the moment but there might be an attempt to get the council to issue a statement aimed at urging the two sides to curb the violence that has killed 32 Palestinians and seven Israelis in two weeks, foreign media states.

The unrest began last month following incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound - the third holiest site for Muslims - by right-wing Israeli groups.

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