The United Arab Emirates and China have called for a UN Security Council meeting after Israel’s far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

Ben-Gvir’s actions drew fierce condemnation across the world, with Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE joining the Palestinians in condemning him.

The Palestinian leadership called the intrusion “an unprecedented provocation”. The Council is expected to convene on Thursday, diplomats told Reuters late on Tuesday.

The Palestinian foreign ministry said it “strongly condemns the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by the extremist minister Ben-Gvir

and views it as an unprecedented provocation and a dangerous escalation of the conflict” Ben-Gvir’s planned entrance to the compound would lead to violence

Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh accused Ben-Gvir of staging the trip as part of a bid to turn the shrine “into a Jewish temple”, a goal of many within Israel’s far right.

Hamas, the group that governs the besieged Gaza Strip, warned that Ben-Gvir’s move amounts to crossing a “red line”.

The Israeli military said a rocket had been fired from Gaza on Tuesday night, but that it had landed in the Palestinian territory.