TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A fire broke out in the holy site of al-Aqsa mosque in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Monday, endangering a part of the worship site.
The fire broke out in the guard room outside the al-Marwani Prayer Room Monday evening, 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, Sputnik reported.
The structure is capable of holding 7,000 worshipers.
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.”