US President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman bin Abd al Aziz al Saud on regional issues including the recent violence in Jerusalem, the White House said in a statement Thursday without revealing further details.

According to the Saudi Press Agency cited in a report on the Saudi-run al-Arabiya network, however, King Salman expressed to Obama his strong condemnation of the “Israeli escalation” at the Temple Mount compound which has been the site of clashes between Palestinians hurling rocks and firebombs, and Israeli forces in recent days.The king called on the US president to stop “the Israeli attacks, including intervening with the UN Security Council to protect the Palestinian people,” according to the SPA report cited in Haaretz. The king is said to have made the same appeal Thursday in calls to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin. FULL REPORT