Palestinians tackle blaze at mosque in Al-Aqsa

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 17, 2019

"The fire broke out in the guard's room outside the roof of the Marwani Prayer Room", Wafa news agency said, noting that the "fire brigade of the Islamic Waqf handled the matter successfully".

A fire broke out in al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third-holiest site in Islam, on Monday.

Footage posted on social media showed smoke rising from the top of the Marwani Prayer room, also known as Solomon's Stables, as firefighters tried to extinguish the flames on top of the Temple Mount.

The site of Al-Aqsa Mosque is a bone of contention between the Israel and Palestine revered by both the Muslim and Jews communities and has also aggravated the ongoing Israel-Arab conflict.

According to reports, the fire at the Al-Aqsa Mosque broke out around the same time as the massive fire at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral.

The outlet added: "The Presidency confirmed its solidarity and sympathy with our friends in France over this incident". The fire seems to have been started by children fooling around, and the waqf's statement urged worshipers "who live around the mosque and in the Old City to educate their children not to tamper with fire, especially inside al-Aqsa mosque".

Parisians were also shaken last night as the inferno tore apart the iconic structure - with the spire collapsing into the abyss of the flames.

The mosque compound is located in the Old City section of East Jerusalem, which Israel seized from Jordan in 1967.

In a controversial move, President Donald Trump recognized the entirety of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017, dismissing competing Palestinian claims to the city and upsetting a broad global consensus.

Officials consider the Notre Dame fire an accident, possibly as a result of restoration work taking place at the global architectural treasure.

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