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Israel shuts down Al-Rasasi Mosque in Jerusalem

Offices of Palestinian national education directorate and state television in East Jerusalem also closed down

Esat Firat  | 21.11.2019 - Update : 21.11.2019
Israel shuts down Al-Rasasi Mosque in Jerusalem


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.

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