Small fire in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A small fire broke out on Monday evening in a guard room in the courtyard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem but has been taken over and destroyed. The mosque remains open to worshipers and visitors.

The Islamic Waqf Department said in a statement Tuesday that the fire, which was controlled by the firefighters of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, was caused by playing the boys with fire, without giving further details.

Israeli police said the fire was quickly extinguished.

The guard room, which was set on fire in front of the tribal chapel near the stairs leading to the Marwani chapel, one of the chapels inside the mosque.

The fire coincided with the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday evening.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is located in the Old City of East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel in 1967 and annexed to it.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a religious and national symbol for Palestinians. Muslims can visit it at any time, and Jews can reach it at certain times, but they can not pray there.

Israeli forces supervise all roads and doors leading to the mosque, which it intervenes if disturbances occur.

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