Fire Breaks Out Near Temple Mount

A fire broke out on the Temple Mount near Solomon’s Stables on Monday evening, RT news reported.

“The Fire broke out in the guard’s room outside the roof of the Marwani Prayer Hall,” according to the Wafa news agency. The fire was quickly put out by the Waqf with no injuries or interior damage reported.

The Marwani Prayer Hall, also known as Solomon’s Stables, is located at the base of the corner of the Temple Mount where the Southern and Eastern walls meet, near the stairs up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The fire occurred above the prayer hall, in an open area on the Temple Mount itself.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but the director general of the Jerusalem Waqf and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs Department, Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, told Jordan’s Al-Mamlaka that the fire may have been caused by children.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas warned anyone against targeting the holy site, stressing the need to preserve Al-Aqsa’s “great religious and humanitarian value.”

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