facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.N.: Protect historic sites in Jerusalem

Feb. 8, 2007 at 3:02 PM   |   Comments

PARIS, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The United Nations has expressed "deep concern" over Israeli construction projects around the Temple Mount, or al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem.

Koichiro Matsuura, director-general of UNESCO, said Thursday he has written a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert asking for the construction plans for the sites. He also asked the prime minister to refrain from action that could increase tension in the area, which could endanger the historic sites.

The Old City of Jerusalem is protected by a U.N. convention on the preservation of world heritage sites and is on the U.N. World Heritage List, according to a press release from the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Tensions have been high around the Jerusalem sites -- holy to Jews and Muslims -- as Israel constructs a new bridge and does some excavating. Olmert has said no damage will be done to the historic sites.

© 2007 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Iran boasts of nuclear energy potential
2
Russian military receives upgraded helicopters
3
U.S. Navy receives new attack submarine
4
A400M demos refueling capability using Cobham equipment
5
U.S. not open for Kurdish oil, Baghdad says
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback