26 September 1996 (A/51/411, S/1996/791)

Letter from Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the Security Council: (Jerusalem Tunnel) 

Following my last two letters to Your Excellency, dated 24 and 25 September 1996, I must inform you that the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, has worsened and become even more dangerous.

The Israeli army escalated its attacks on Palestinian civilians, causing great casualties. While the casualties continue to increase by the hour, at this stage they stand at more than 24 killed and more than 500 injured. The Israeli army has also engaged Palestinian police personnel in exchange of fire, which has resulted in a situation of even greater danger.

We believe that the Security Council cannot stand by and watch such extreme deterioration of the situation, as well as the faltering of the peace process, as a result of Israeli policies and actions. Accordingly, I am requesting an urgent meeting of the Security Council to consider the situation and to take the necessary actions in this regard, especially actions to achieve the closure of the tunnel under Al-Aqsa Mosque as well as actions to restore hope and peace in the area.