A fire erupted in occupied East Jerusalem near the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound late on Wednesday night, Palestinian civil defense told Ma’an.
Muayyad al-Ghoul, Palestinian civil defense volunteer said that teams controlled a fire which erupted near the Umayyad Palace, located south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
An Israeli police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, claimed not to be familiar with the incident, and would look into the reports.
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The fire was said to have apparently been caused by a cigarette thrown in the area, causing nearby bushes to catch fire.
Al-Ghoul said that volunteers checked on worshipers at the nearby Marwani prayer hall, confirming that no injuries had been reported.
The fire at Al Aqsa mosque compound occurred shortly after a Tel Aviv shooting in which two Palestinians opened fire in the city.