The Islamic Waqf department in Jerusalem, which is in charge of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in a recent press release, warned against Israeli digs below the Muslim holy site.
Waqf director, Azzam al-Khatib, said that Israel was secretly carrying out digs below the Islamic Museum, on the western side of the Mosque compound, with an intention to link together the tunnels under Jerusalem‚Äôs Old City and Al-Aqsa Mosque, particularly with the Umayyad Palaces, below the Islamic Museum.
‚ÄúWe are taking this matter very seriously and with deep concern,‚ÄĚ he said.
Khatib called on UNESCO and the Jordanian government, which is the custodian over the Muslim holy places in Jerusalem, to send teams to inspect what Israel is doing below the Mosque, which could harm the foundations of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, next to it.
Meanwhile, on Monday, reports said that a large stone fell from the northwestern side of the wall of Jerusalem’s Old City, prompting Waqf officials to warn of the possibility of other stones falling, due to the Israeli digs in the area.
Israeli authorities have shut down the area where the stone fell, and are refusing to offer information regarding any reason for the fall of the stone, which is close to Moroccan Gate.
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