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Islamic organization condemns Israeli tunnel near Al-Aqsa

July 3, 2019
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People walk inside an ancient tunnel during the opening of an ancient road at the City of David, a popular archaeological and tourist site in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem. The site is located on what many believe to be the ruins of the biblical King David's ancient capital and see as centerpieces of ancient Jewish civilization, but critics accuses the operators of pushing a nationalistic agenda at the expense of local Palestinian residents. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, Pool)
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People walk inside an ancient tunnel during the opening of an ancient road at the City of David, a popular archaeological and tourist site in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem. The site is located on what many believe to be the ruins of the biblical King David's ancient capital and see as centerpieces of ancient Jewish civilization, but critics accuses the operators of pushing a nationalistic agenda at the expense of local Palestinian residents. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, Pool)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An international body of Muslim nations has condemned the opening of an Israeli tunnel that runs beneath a Palestinian neighborhood in east Jerusalem.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday called it a “bold and irresponsible move” that seeks “to alter the historic and legal status” of east Jerusalem. The OIC reiterated its position that east Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian territory.

Israel captured east Jerusalem, home to Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites, in the 1967 Mideast war. Its annexation is not internationally recognized.

On Sunday, U.S. and Israeli officials attended the opening ceremony for what they say is a 2,000-year-old underground route that led to the Jewish Temple, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is now located.

U.S. Ambassador David Friedman symbolically sledgehammered through a wall to unveil the “pilgrimage road.”

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