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Israeli forces damage documents in Al-Aqsa Mosque raid

Israeli forces injure Palestinians with tear gas as they gather to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on 27 July 2017 [Mahmoud İbrahem/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces injure Palestinians with tear gas as they gather to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on 27 July 2017 [Mahmoud İbrahem/Anadolu Agency]

The specialist technical committee formed by the Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem has said that none of the historical documents preserved in the different libraries of Al-Aqsa Mosque have been lost, Quds Press reported yesterday.

However, the committee reiterated that Israeli forces caused damage to some of the documents and facilities in the libraries, including the chemicals and other materials used for maintaining the documents.

The committee issued the initial findings of its evaluation work in a report that covered the time period 14-27 July.

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Locks of one of the libraries, the committee said, were broken, the shelves and drawers damaged and a camera was stolen, but all the historical contents were safe and there were no losses.

The administration of Jerusalem Waqf condemned the Israeli raids on the libraries and considered this a “flagrant violation” and “unjustified aggression” on the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque and its facilities.

It noted that the committee would issue a final draft of the report and would make its content accessible for the public. It would include all the details about Israeli raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque and its facilities.

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