Fire erupts at al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem
A fire broke out in al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Monday night at the same time a massive blaze was ravaging Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. The fire was put out quickly with no injuries reported.
The fire broke out in the guard room outside the al-Marwani Prayer Room, according to a statement by the mosque's Islamic Waqf (Endowments) Department.
According to The New Arab, a guard reported a short gap in guard rotations between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. local time.
The waqf department praised the responsiveness of staff firefighters, who quickly put out the blaze. The fire seems to have been started by children fooling around, and the waqf's statement urged worshipers "who live around the mosque and in the Old City to educate their children not to tamper with fire, especially inside al-Aqsa mosque."