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Holy Site construction increases Middle East tension

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Holy Site construction increases Middle East tension


Construction work near a holy site in East Jerusalem is threatening to disturb the fragile Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire. Israel is excavating the site which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims and is a frequent source of contention between the two. The chairman of an Islamic religious building protection group was one of many who came to protest.

“They (the Israelis) hold responsibility and they will feel later that they’ve made a big mistake,” he said. The site, known as Temple Mount in Judaism and al-Haram al-Sharif in Islam, is being excavated for ancient artefacts before a footbridge is build there.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said the work will not damage Islamic holy sites and has promised to install a camera so people can follow its progress over the internet. Hamas has said that any harm to Islamic buildings will create” a volcano of anger”.

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