- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Turkish media reported earlier this week that a portion of the Temple Mount platform near the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City has collapsed, “creating a serious safety hazard and a possible threat to the stability of the Islamic structure,” Israel Today reported Tuesday.

If the report is accurate, it would be the second serious collapse on the Temple Mount in the past five years, caused by “deliberate Israeli action” to bring down the mosque so that the Jewish Temple can be rebuilt, the report said.

Experts have warned for years that the construction projects being carried out by Muslims atop the Temple Mount are destabilizing the structure, and many believe it is only a matter of time before it collapses completely.

Some fear such a collapse could occur during Ramadan, when upward of 100,000 Muslims gather atop the Temple Mount for prayer, Israel Today reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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