Jordan stands its ground over al-Aqsa Mosque

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SHAFAQNA – Surveillance cameras at Muslims’ the holy al-Aqsa Mosque should be controlled by no other party than the endowment authorities, Jerusalem’s Endowment Council said Monday.

The Endowment Council expressed in a statement its firm condemnation of the ongoing Israeli aggressions on and attempts to hold sway over the holy al-Aqsa Mosque.

“Israelis have no sovereignty over the surveillance kit at al-Aqsa,” the statement read. “Every single inch of the Mosque is for Muslims only.”

It added that the Endowment department is the only party in charge of reconstruction works at the Mosque.

The council called on the Islamic Endowment department to work on opening the al-Rahma Gate, which is part and parcel of the al-Aqsa place of worship.

The statement called on the concerned parties to rally around al-Aqsa and combine forces to face up to Israel’s schemes to wipe out the Islamic identity of the holy occupied city of Jerusalem.

Jordanian Minister of Religious Affairs, Hayel Dawood, also slammed the reports propagated by Israeli media outlets on an agreement between Jordan and the Israeli occupation that sets up the date for the installation of surveillance cameras at al-Aqsa.

“Israel has nothing to do with the affair. It is neither concerned with setting up dates nor with other details as regards Jordan’s sovereignty over Islamic places of worship and the al-Aqsa Mosque,” said Dawood.

“We are committed to dates that we, and nobody else, have set up. No one but Jordan shall keep sovereignty over the Mosque,” the Jordanian minister added.

The Israeli occupation authorities and Jordan have agreed on erecting surveillance cameras at the al-Aqsa compound before the Passover, next month, Israel Hayom website claimed on Sunday.

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