Occupied Jerusalem: Palestinian residents of Silwan town on Sunday reported landslides in Baydoun neighborhood south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, which were attributed to Israel's ongoing excavation work near the Mosque in East Jerusalem.
Sources said Silwan is affected by landslides every year due to the digging works being carried out by Israel south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially Wadi Hilwa Street, causing cracks in buildings and properties of the town neighborhoods.
The excavation works are carried out with the support of organizations that promote and finance Israeli settlement activity. These works are implemented under the supervision of Israel which seeks to obliterate the Arab and Islamic character of Jerusalem and give it a predominantly Jewish identity.
The al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are situated in Haram al-Sharif or Temple Mount in Jerusalem al-Quds, which was occupied by Israel in 1967.
The mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Makkah and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medinah. The site is also holy to Christians and Jews.
Israeli institutions and organizations reportedly have plans to construct a so-called “third temple” in place of al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in the Israeli-occupied Jerusalem also called as al-Quds.
Israeli Zionists claim they have the right to build a third temple in line with “scriptural prophecies” to follow the tradition of the first and second ones built in ancient times.