United Nations Security Council Resolution 1073

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1073
Al Aqsa Mosque.jpg
Date 28 September 1996
Meeting no. 3,698
Code S/RES/1073 (Document)
Subject The situation in the occupied Arab territories
Voting summary
14 voted for
None voted against
1 abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 1073, adopted on 28 September 1996, after recalling all resolutions on Jerusalem and noting a letter from Saudi Arabia on behalf of the Arab League, the Council called on Israel to cease and reverse all acts which had resulted in aggravation in the region.[1]


On 23 September 1996, Israel opened a tunnel linking the Western Wall with an exit near Temple Mount. The opening provoked rioting, which lasted for five days, in the territories which resulted in the deaths of 14 Israelis and 56 Arabs.[2] A further 300 people were injured.[3]


Concern was expressed at the clashes between Palestinians and Israeli army in Jerusalem, Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem and the Gaza Strip which resulted in deaths and injuries on both sides. There was also concern for the wider implications on the Middle East peace process as a whole.

A cessation and reversal of all acts by Israel was urged, while the safety of Palestinians was called for and the resumption of negotiations.[4]

Resolution 1073 was adopted by 14 votes to none against, with one abstention from the United States.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Security Council calls for immediate reversal of all acts aggravating situation in Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza". United Nations. 28 September 1996. 
  2. ^ "United Nations Security Council Resolution 1073 -1996- on the Western Wall Tunnel in Jerusalem- 28 September 1996". Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 28 September 1996. 
  3. ^ Pessin, Al (26 September 1996). "Four Palestinians Dead, 300 Injured". Voice of America. 
  4. ^ Tessitore, John; Woolfson, Susan (1997). A Global Agenda: Issues Before the 52nd General Assembly of the United Nations. Rowman & Littlefiled Publishers. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-8476-8705-3. 

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