Al-Aqsa officials accuse Israel of hindering renovation to damage it caused

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AMMAN — Israeli occupation forces are obstructing several significant projects at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, as Jordan repeatedly voiced it rejection of Israeli intervention in a historically Muslim site designated for Muslim prayers, a top mosque official said.اضافة اعلان

Jordan has categorically rejected intervention by the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) and repeatedly voiced its refusal of IAA regulations to be enforced inside the Al-Aqsa compound, Islam’s third holiest shrine after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Historically, Jordan is recognized as the custodian of Muslim and Christian holy shrines in East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

 Al-Mamlaka TV said Azzam Al-Khateeb, director of the Islamic Waqf, or Religious Endowment, and Al-Aqsa Affairs in Jerusalem, asserted that the Israeli occupying forces are disrupting the work of his department and its reconstruction projects in Al-Aqsa.

Khateeb spoke of the damage caused by Israeli incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, which included breaking glass windows and destroying doors.

“There are many big projects in the mosque that are obstructed by the occupation,” he said.

Bassam Al-Hallaq, head of the mosque’s Reconstruction Projects, said refurbishment “may take three to four years to bring the place back to how it used to be”.

“We have not dealt, we cannot deal, and we do not allow the Israeli antiquities department to interfere in the affairs of Islamic Waqf,” Halaq insisted.

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