Israel OKs al-Aqsa construction project

PressTV –  Mon Mar 7, 2011 2:19AM

A sketch of a ramp that Israel plans to build by the al-Aqsa Mosque
Israel has given the green light for the resumption of the construction work on an access ramp to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The East al-Quds (Jerusalem) municipality said on Sunday that the building of the ramp to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound was given the go ahead last week, AFP reported.

It is meant to replace a provisional wooden version.

Work on the controversial ramp was suspended four years ago following a wave of protests across the Muslim world. Muslim authorities also demanded an end to Israel’s provocative excavations near the site.

Israel occupied and annexed East al-Quds in 1967, but the measure was never recognized by the international community.

Palestinians say the demolitions and settlement construction activities are undermining their efforts to establish a state.

Israel has demolished 995 Palestinian homes and displaced 5,783 individuals, including 3,109 children, in occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem) since the start of 2000, according to the Palestinian Information Center.

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