Israel shuts down Al-Rasasi Mosque in Jerusalem
Offices of Palestinian national education directorate and state television in East Jerusalem also closed down
Israeli authorities on Wednesday shut down Al-Rasasi Mosque in Jerusalem.
The Muslim house of worship -- located near Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam -- was shut for six months on the grounds that parts of it were being used as an office by Jerusalem’s Jordan-run Religious Endowments Authority.
The offices of Palestinian state television and the Palestinian National Education Directorate in East Jerusalem were also shut for six months following a raid by Israeli police earlier in the day.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem, in which Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Middle East War. It formally annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as its capital -- a move never recognized by the international community.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.