A hearth broke out on the revered Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem simply as flames ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Footage displaying smoke and hearth originating from the roof of a construction often known as the Marwani Prayer Room, or Solomon’s Stables, may very well be seen on social media. The Palestine Information Company, the official outlet of the Palestinian Nationwide Authority, cited a guard as saying Monday that “the hearth broke out within the guard’s room outdoors the roof of the Marwani Prayer Room, and the hearth brigade of the Islamic Waqf dealt with the matter efficiently.”
Information of the incident on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest website in Islam and central to the continued Arab-Israeli battle, was largely overshadowed by a a lot bigger blaze engulfing the Notre Dame Cathedral on the identical time.
The Palestine Information Company reported that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ workplace “expressed its deep remorse Monday over the hearth that broke out on the historic Notre Dame Cathedral within the middle of the French capital of Paris, which brought on the collapse of the cathedral tower.”
“The Presidency confirmed its solidarity and sympathy with our mates in France over this incident,” the outlet added.
The Marwani Prayer Room is situated beneath the southeastern nook of the Temple Mount, identified to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, which incorporates each the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director normal of the Jerusalem Waqf and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs Division, informed Jordan’s Al-Mamlaka TV that the hearth broke out within the courtyard and preliminary data urged that it might have been brought on by youngsters tampering within the space.
The compound as an entire is situated in Previous Metropolis part of East Jerusalem, initially occupied by Jordan through the 1948 Arab-Israeli battle that adopted the institution of Israel, however later seized by Israel throughout a second conflict in 1967. Israel annexed the whole lot of town in 1980 in a transfer not acknowledged by a lot of the worldwide neighborhood, although Jordan’s monarchy was granted custodial rights over the Islamic holy websites.
In a controversial transfer, President Donald Trump acknowledged the whole lot of Jerusalem because the capital of Israel in December 2017, dismissing competing Palestinian claims to town and upsetting a broad worldwide consensus.
No official explanations have but been supplied for both of Monday’s fires, although French media has urged that the hearth on the Notre Dame Cathedral could have been associated to ongoing renovation efforts.