Fire at Al Aqsa Mosque Compound Claimed to be Accidental

A fire at Al Aqsa mosque after Tel Aviv shooting. (Photo: via Social Media)

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.

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.


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