According to a video circulating on the internet, smoke was seen rising from the top of the Marwani Prayer room also known as Solomon's Stables.
Al-Aqsa Mosque, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, is the third holiest site in Islam, accommodating up to 5000 worshippers. The fire was put out quickly with no injuries reported. A fire broke out at the sacred site just as a much larger blaze engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. "The fire broke out in the guard's room outside the roof of the Marwani Prayer Room and the fire brigade of the Islamic Waqf handled the matter successfully".
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The mosque is important in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as it features the gold-capped "Dome of the Rock": a holy shrine built on the site of biblical Jewish temples.
And French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild the fire-devastated Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, saying he hoped the work would be done in five years and the French people would pull together to fix their national symbol.
Reflecting on the Notre-Dame inferno, Abbas went on to offer "solidarity and sympathy [to] our friends in France". Al-Khatib also shared that the cause of the fire is not yet known, but it is believed to have been started by children "tampering in the area". The United States has recently recognized Israel's claim that Jerusalem is its capital, but few nations have followed suit, with most sticking by the many United Nations resolutions condemning Israel's annexation of the territory.