An Omani minister made a rare visit by an Arab official to a Jerusalem holy site today after holding talks with Palestinian leaders in the occupied West Bank.
Yusuf bin Alawi, minister in charge of foreign affairs, visited the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, an AFP journalist reported.
Such a visit would usually require coordination with Israeli officials. An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman said he was unaware of the visit and could not immediately comment.
It is on the hill that Jews refer to as the Temple Mount, the most sacred place in Judaism as the site of the first and second Jewish temples in the biblical era.
Jerusalem's status is perhaps the most sensitive in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Palestinians want Jerusalem's eastern sector as the capital of their future state.
After the Al-Aqsa compound, Bin Alawi also visited the nearby Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
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