Israeli security forces have caused great damage to historical documents at Al-Aqsa Mosque during the two weeks of crisis over the Muslim holy site, officials say.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 thatÂ âthe occupation authorities have caused huge and extensive destruction to the libraries and facilities at Al-Aqsa Mosque as well as the manuscripts sectionâ, WAFA reported, according to PNN.
Amro further statedÂ 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 concerningÂ property and Muslim endowment in Jerusalem, because of the lack of Waqf officials at the mosque.
Waqf officials are the ones in charge ofÂ the Al-Aqsa compound.Â They, alongside any Palestinians, haveÂ been prohibitedÂ 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.
DibsÂ said in a statement that Waqf technical committee has just started itsÂ survey of the mosque and it will take a whileÂ before it can presents its final conclusion.
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.