Jerusalem, 11 Jumadal Awwal 1436/2 March 2015 (MINA) – A Jerusalemite commission warned on Sunday (1/3) of the continued Israeli excavations beneath the Old City in Occupied Jerusalem. They have led to cracks and collapse of walls and floors of two buildings in the town of Silwan south of the Aqsa Mosque.
The Islamic-Christian Commission in Support of Jerusalem and Holy Sites said in a statement that the Old City of Jerusalem has many archaeological and historical sites that are threatened with collapse due to the continued Israeli excavations beneath them in addition to the Israeli policy of neglect and prohibition of restoration, Palestinian Information Center (PIC) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
The commission urged the international community to oblige Israel to put an end to these excavations and to allow the restoration of the Old City. It also warned of the collapse of more houses over its occupants.
“This is not the first collapse of its kind. It was preceded by many other collapses. Furthermore, perennial trees inside the Aqsa Mosque’s plazas had fallen. Many cracks and fissures have been witnessed in walls of dozens of structures in Occupied Jerusalem”, the commission said. (T/P006/P3)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)