Al-Aqsa mosque catches fire same time as Notre Dame cathedral

Al-Aqsa mosque catches fire same time as Notre Dame cathedral

A fire broke out at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Monday around the same time as a blaze ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, Newsweek reported.

Smoke and fire was seen billowing from the roof of the Marwani Prayer Hall - also known as Solomon's Stables, located at the bottom of stairs which lead down from the revered Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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.

Footage posted on social media shows people gathering in the courtyard of the Marwani room, where Palestinian Muslims hold Friday prayers, emits large plumes of smoke.

Notre Dame de Paris wasn't the only beloved house of worship that caught fire Monday.

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"The Presidency confirmed its solidarity and sympathy with our friends in France over this incident", the outlet added.

According to the Daily Mail, the room where the fire occurred is under the southeastern corner of the Temple Mount - the third holiest site in Christianity.

Parisians were also shaken last night as the inferno tore apart the iconic structure - with the spire collapsing into the abyss of the flames.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque was under the occupation of Jordan till 1948. However, post the creation of Israel, it annexed a majority part of the Jerusalem, including Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was frowned upon by the worldwide community. The United States has recently recognized Israel's claim that Jerusalem is its capital, but few nations have followed suit, with most sticking by the many United Nations resolutions condemning Israel's annexation of the territory.

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