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Arab League foreign ministers, meeting alongside Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, on Wednesday agreed to call on the UN to protect Palestinian Arabs from "terrorist crimes" by residents of Judea and Samaria, AFP reported.

The announcement by 15 ministers meeting in Cairo comes after Friday's death of an 18-month-old Palestinian boy who was burned alive in an arson attack blamed on Jewish extremists in the village of Duma.

"The Arab Group (at the UN) must act to submit a draft resolution to the Security Council concerning terrorist crimes by Israeli settler groups against the Palestinian people," League chief Nabil al-Arabi was quoted as having said before the meeting.

"We must seriously think about real international protection for the Palestinian people," he added, according to AFP.

"What is required is real international protection, through a Security Council decision," said al-Arabi.

In a statement later, the ministers said they had agreed to "hold Arab and international consultations to present the Security Council with a draft resolution".

The PA earlier this week submitted a document to the International Criminal Court (ICC) protesting "settler terrorism" in the arson attack in Duma.

According to the Palestinian news agency Ma'an, PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki presented the document to ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and updated her on "dangerous developments" in the PA.

Jordan has also joined forces with the PA to demand that the UN Security Council "end the Israeli occupation" following the lethal arson.

The Jordanian paper Al-Rad reported Monday that Jordan and the PA are preparing to issue a demand that the Security Council "provide international defense for the Palestinian nation and to put an end to the Israeli occupation."

Jordan lost no time in blaming the Israeli government for the arson, even though the identity of the culprits remains unknown

Wednesday's meeting of the Arab League ministers had initially been called to discuss clashes late last month at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

The clashes erupted after Palestinians were angered over Jews' access to the compound on Tisha B’Av.

Israeli police briefly entered the mosque during those clashes to shut the doors and lock rioters inside.

"Lately, especially during the month of Ramadan, attacks against the Al-Aqsa mosque have increased," Abbas claimed at the start of the meeting.