World Bulletin / News Desk
Construction work meant to accommodate hundreds of thousands of Muslims who are expected to visit Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan has been halted, Israeli authorities announced Tuesday.
The Times of Israel reported that Jerusalem’s municipal authorities had ordered construction work stopped after the Israeli Antiquities Authority complained that it was being carried out inside a "historical" building without planning permits.
The Jordan-administered Waqf (religious endowments) authority had been building new public toilets to accommodate Palestinian Muslims from the occupied West Bank and Israel -- along with foreign Muslims -- who are expected to visit the site in large numbers during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which this year will begin on June 5.
Building and renovation work inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which is revered by both Muslims and Jews, is often the source of disputes between the Waqf and the Israeli authorities.
Days after a suicide bomber killed 57 people at a Kabul voter registration centre, highlighting the security challenges around October's parliamentary polls, Stoltenberg said NATO forces could play a "limited" security role.
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If confirmed as US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo will reportedly head to Israel for first official trip overseas
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Prime Minister Sharma Oli accepts that rebuilding after 2015 earthquake has remained sluggish
At least 41 Gazans were killed in anti-occupation rallies since last month
Some 6,500 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons
'Texas honors all the men and women who protect and serve our communities, and justice will be served,' Texas governor says
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At least 41 Palestinians were martyred by Israeli gunfire on Gaza border since March 30
Talks are expected to tackle the possibility of U.S. troop withdrawal from war-torn Syria