Concern over Damage to Al-Aqsa Historical Documents

01 Aug
3:27 AM

Israeli security forces have caused great damage to historical documents at Al-Aqsa Mosque during the two weeks of crisis over the Muslim holy site, officials say.

Head of the Manuscripts Department at Al-Aqsa, Radwan Amro, said in a statement thatĀ ā€œthe occupation authorities have caused huge and extensive destruction to the libraries and facilities at Al-Aqsa Mosque as well as the manuscripts sectionā€, WAFA reported, according to PNN.

Amro further statedĀ that specialized committees are continuing to assess and survey the damage, and will provide the official bodies with all the results once they are completed.

There has been great concern about Israeli theft of important documents from Al-Aqsa departments concerningĀ property and Muslim endowment in Jerusalem, because of the lack of Waqf officials at the mosque.

Waqf officials are the ones in charge ofĀ the Al-Aqsa compound.Ā They, alongside any Palestinians, haveĀ been prohibitedĀ to enter the compound for the past two weeks, due to the events that took place on July 14, where two police guards were shot dead.

However, Waqf media official, Firas Dibs, denied the rumors about theft of manuscripts and documents from the mosque.

DibsĀ said in a statement that Waqf technical committee has just started itsĀ survey of the mosque and it will take a whileĀ before it can presents its final conclusion.

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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.

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